NS3028 Comparative Government for Homeland Security

Offered through the Center for Homeland Defense and Security. The objectives of the NS3028 course are: (1) to understand the trans-national nature of terrorism, organized crime, pandemics and other homeland security threats, (2) to assess homeland security strategies employed by liberal democracies around the world; (3) to distill and extrapolate policy implications from these examples; and (4) to apply these lessons to the organizational and functional challenges faced by homeland security leaders in the United States. The course will focus both on a discussion of shared threats such as the global Jihadi movement, Al-Qaeda activity in Afghanistan and Pakistan, Middle Eastern groups such as Hamas and Hezbollah as well as policies and strategies employed by a range of democratic countries to cope with terrorism and other homeland security related threats. In addition to looking at specific countries, the course will also look at issue areas such as bio-threats, health system preparedness, airport security and anti-radicalization policies across countries. This course will provide students with a knowledge base and methodology with which to learn from the practices of other countries and translate those practices into policies applicable in the United States. The course will also enable students to better understand the threats that other countries face (many of which are likely to affect the United States in the near term) and how they cope with those threats. Finally, the course will enable students to be prepared to engage with their international partners at the local, state or federal levels as Homeland Security becomes an increasingly global undertaking and all levels of government in the United States move toward conducting greater international outreach. Prerequisite: None.

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