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Spring 2019
Jan 26, 2020
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IPOL 348 - Intelligence in a Democracy
Within all democracies, there is an inherent tension between secrecy and transparency, and that’s especially so in the national security realm. In this country, that tension has come into sharper focus in recent years, engendering a national debate over intelligence and broader national security activities and programs that continues today. Attacks against our democracy by foreign intelligence services have added to the spotlight, putting Washington in the awkward spot of having to speak to activities that heretofore have taken place in the shadows. 
This course will take an in-depth look at those trade-offs through both theoretical readings and practical, real-world examples. It will call upon students to articulate how they would manage that balance, taking into consideration often competing priorities policymakers face. Among the topics that will be covered in depth—primarily through the U.S. lens—are questions of the mandate of intelligence services, civil liberties bestowed on U.S. citizens and foreign nationals, whistleblowers, leakers, official declassifications, and the role of the media in navigating the balance between secrecy and transparency. The course will have a heavy emphasis on applying the material to topical issues and headlines.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Seminar

International Politics Department

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