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Fall 2017
Jun 24, 2019
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PPOL 692 - Capacity Bldg&Counterterrorism
Throughout its history, the United Stated has consistently committed its political, economic and military resources to build the political and military capacity of allied and partner nations as central tenet of its foreign policy. Not surprisingly, this policy tends to be borne more out of political self-interest and utilitarianism than of altruism or humanitarianism. 

U.S. security--economic, territorial and physical--is the primary driver for this approach and for decades, along with the convenient geography of two massive oceans, it has served us well. However globalization, technology enabled communication, and shifting cultural demographics have elevated an age old tactic--terrorism--to a strategic consideration by both the U.S. and its adversaries. 

Each year the U.S. deploys national assets such as capital, personnel, development organizations, private foundations, NGOs, and non-profits in an attempt to stabilize or even completely reconstruct the political institutions, economy, and security of a failing or fragile state. 

Even in the best case, such interventions may prove ineffective; worse they may exacerbate conflict they aim to placate. In this environment, federal agencies, diplomats, and NGOs are the logical lead in these capacity building efforts, yet the real and present security threat of terrorism has resulted in militaries and intelligence agencies in playing a seemingly ever expanding role in bringing security, institution-building (and even other assistance where access by others is limited by capacity or will). 

This course aims to examine some of the fundamentals of U.S. capacity building activities in partner nations (and by default statebuilding) and asks how approaches to achieve U.S. security policy outcomes vary across countries, within both the intervening and the intervened. All within the very real and present context of the global terrorist threat.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours

Levels: MN or MC Graduate, Juris Doctor, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Public Policy Department

Must be enrolled in one of the following Fields of Study (Major, Minor, Concentration, or Certificate):
      Int'l Development Policy
      Law/Public Policy
      Policy Management
      Public Policy

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