International security is a complex field of study that varies widely according to region. Security concerns in advanced states can be, and often are, qualitatively different from the concerns of less developed states. Yet many threats to security are similar in nature across all geographic boundaries. This course will introduce students to a broad understanding of national security concerns and apply the theoretical insights gained to individual national and regional cases included in the voyage itinerary. Security concerns of nations in Europe, for example, differ widely within the region; some nations are more concerned about economic security, some about environmental security, and some about military security, including especially the threat of terrorism. Security concerns in the Maghreb and sub-Sahara Africa may be more directed toward internal political instability and security matters related to protecting natural resources. Brazil is particularly concerned about protecting the Amazon basin; while Latin American and Caribbean nations battle human and drug trafficking.
Classes will examine the principal security concerns of the nations to be visited on this voyage prior to entering each port. Lectures, readings, and classroom exercises will inform students about the relevant spectrum of security concerns for port visits and identify assets and programs being directed to meet those security challenges. The primary goal of the course is to inculcate an informed appreciation for security concerns as they vary from one state and one region to another. Solutions to international security problems truly depend on being able to view such problems through the eyes of others. This course is intended to cultivate that skill and to provide an analytical framework to use in assessing contemporary international security problems.
Field WorkCountry: Belgium
Day: 2 - Antwerp - Monday, 15 September
The students will travel to NATO headquarters in Brussels to meet with officials who will provide the students with an overview of NATO's mission, structure, activities, and membership participation. Students will learn about NATO's engagements in Afghanistan and Libya and how it coordinates its security assets with the European Union.
1. Provide students with summary overview of mission and organization of NATO security components.
2. Identify and discuss contemporary European security issues and relevant NATO programs.
3. Encourage students' critical thinking and analysis of missions, issues and solutions.
4. Instruct students on briefing and presentation techniques in a professional policy workplace.