Central Challenges of American National Security, Strategy, and the Press

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Central Challenges of American National Security, Strategy, and the Press

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This course is set to Open-Archived mode. You may register for this course and peruse the content at your own pace, but at this time you may not pursue a certificate.

How can Iran be stopped from getting a nuclear bomb—negotiations, sanctions, or military action? As a participant in this course, you will advise the president in deciding whether, and how, the U.S. should act. Once you’ve made your assessment, you will move on to wrestle with other scenarios preoccupying policy makers. Between the Assad regime and ISIS, civilians in Syria and Iraq face unimaginable atrocities. Should the U.S. intervene? China’s rise is rattling capitalist economies and a half-century of Pacific peace. What counterbalancing actions should Washington take? Leaks are a fact of life — but why do they happen? Who gets them, and why? Should journalists publish or withhold them? Does legal accountability lie with the leaker—or the journalist?

This six-w...

This course is set to Open-Archived mode. You may register for this course and peruse the content at your own pace, but at this time you may not pursue a certificate.

How can Iran be stopped from getting a nuclear bomb—negotiations, sanctions, or military action? As a participant in this course, you will advise the president in deciding whether, and how, the U.S. should act. Once you’ve made your assessment, you will move on to wrestle with other scenarios preoccupying policy makers. Between the Assad regime and ISIS, civilians in Syria and Iraq face unimaginable atrocities. Should the U.S. intervene? China’s rise is rattling capitalist economies and a half-century of Pacific peace. What counterbalancing actions should Washington take? Leaks are a fact of life — but why do they happen? Who gets them, and why? Should journalists publish or withhold them? Does legal accountability lie with the leaker—or the journalist?

This six-week course casts you as advisors on the hardest decisions any president has to make. We will go behind the veil to see the dynamic between the press and the U.S. government, to explore these dilemmas. We will also have to contend with the reality that government secrets rarely stay that way. Participants will learn to navigate the political landscape of an era in which private remarks become viral tweets, and mistakes by intelligence agencies become front-page stories.

Weekly assignments require strategic thinking: Analyzing dynamics of challenges and developing strategies for addressing them.  Students will learn to summarize their analyses in a succinct “Strategic Options Memo,” combining careful analysis and strategic imagination with the necessity to communicate to major constituencies in order to sustain public support. They will also examine how policymaking is affected by constant, public analysis of government deliberations.

 
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6/10 starsCompleted
  • 7 reviews
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3 years, 8 months ago
Here, a set of challanges is stated which American government may encounter in current era. The main challenges are related to Iran Nuclear Accord, China, Russia, and finally press related issues regarding publication of categorized information. A very bad experience may refer to Snowden that gets the American government in trouble.
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Arslan Baig

10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 11 months ago
Wow! What can I say about this course! This has to be one of the greatest online courses ever. Everything (Content, Information, Interviews, Instructors) related to this course was amazingly brilliant. A big shout-out to everyone involved with this course, including Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
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10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 11 months ago
Absolutely love it. It was an outstanding experience. It was all about the best possible teachers , targeted subjects, and the situations were regarded from the american perspective but also from the counterparts perspective. It was quite difficult.
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Michal Zajac

10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 11 months ago
I loved this course. Good prepared content was well served by excellent instructors with very interesting topics chosen. But be aware -- this is not a course about "How world should look like" or "What is good or wrong". It is said that this course is in ethics and this is not true at all. This is a purely political course. Saying that this course is about ethics is like saying that what is good for the U.S. is good for the mankind. So, take the course if you are interested in American politics from the American point of view, but don't expect philosophical debate about the world we are living.
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4 years, 3 months ago
This has been an excellent course. It contained inciteful dialogue of differing views using a point/counterpoint approach by two well versed instructors. It is one of those courses that I strongly recommend every MOOC learner take especially due to its current relevance. It confronts the difficult issues of freedom vs national security when they are in conflict and provides opportunities to work on more in depth analysis where you get case studies to write briefs to the president and others. You don't have to do the case studies so it set up with a very nice flexibility where you can take on a lot or if you don't have time, just watch the videos and discuss on the forum.
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