Course taught primarily online. Students will attend an introductory class on campus and access instructional materials upon returning home at hours that suit their own schedules. This instruction may include lectures recorded by their professor, podcasts, documentaries, and discussion posts. Readings and assignments will be available via AU's Blackboard platform. Professors remain accessible to student questions for 30 days after the on-campus segment.
Course Description: This course is designed to introduce students to the role that intelligence plays in contemporary national security. The class will begin with a discussion of what security actually means, followed by an overview of the concept of national security and the different ways we protect the United States. The course will explore the nature of contemporary threats by focusing on what constitutes a threat in the first place and by discussing whether today's threats are different and more challenging than those of the past. Finally, the class will investigate the tough choices policy-makers are forced to make on a daily basis. Threats, responses, and intelligence are rarely crystal-clear, necessitating a set of very high-stakes decisions by national leaders. The follow-up assignments will allow students to explore these issues in greater depth in written format. Students will finish the course with a deeper appreciation for the nuances of security studies, threat assessment, and intelligence practice.
Professor: Eleni G. Ekmektsioglou is pursuing her PhD at American University’s School of International Service. Her PhD concentration is U.S. Foreign Policy and theories of decision-making. Eleni’s research focuses on the impact of military innovation on crisis management. Her broader research interests encompass strategic studies-related questions, focusing on the PLAN modernization and A2/AD (Anti-Access/Area-Denial) military capabilities. She is a non-resident fellow at Pacific Forum CSIS and holds an MA from the King’s College London War Studies Department. Prior to beginning doctoral studies, Eleni was based in Paris working for the European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS) where she headed a project that looked at Transatlantic strategies in the Asia Pacific. She has also worked as a researcher at the European Institute for Asian Studies (EIAS) in Brussels. She holds a BA in international relations and European studies from Panteion University of Athens and she spent one year as an exchange student at Science Po Lille, France.