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NSLC Program—Intelligence and National Security

Intelligence and National Security (1 or 2 credits)

Course Description: This course introduces the institutions and processes of the U.S. government responsible for managing intelligence and protecting national security. The course examines the role that intelligence plays in national security decision making, and explores the impact of institutional reform on the intelligence community and national security bureaucracy.

Note: This course is open to rising high school juniors and seniors.

Course Outline

Professor (Section 1, 2 & 4): deRaismes Combes is currently completing her doctoral degree at the School of International Service at American University. She is looking at the security/power implications of the discursive framing of 9/11 on contemporary American identity. deRaismes received her AB in French and war & peace Studies at Dartmouth College and later completed a dual master's program in Paris on international relations and ‘la sociologie des conflits’. She has lived in Europe, the Middle East, and the United States, which has helped foster a strong interest in power, security, and identity; the effects of words and images; and why/how the world gets constructed in specific ways. Her scholarship has included work on the Arab/Israeli conflict, ethnic and civil wars, as well as the more broadly theoretical underpinnings of international relations.

Professor (Section 3): William L. Harder is a doctoral candidate and adjunct instructor of Political Science and Public Administration at American University’s School of Public Affairs in Washington, DC. His dissertation, “The Administrative Governor and Party Strength,” examines the relationship between a governor’s decision to utilize administrative policymaking strategies and the nature of a state’s political party system. More broadly his research focuses on comparative executive leadership, the administrative presidency, bureaucratic politics, and political parties.

He received the American Political Science Association’s Presidency Research Group Fellowship as well as several other awards for his research and teaching. His research has appeared in law reviews and edited volumes.

At American University he teaches courses on the presidency, presidential elections, public policy, and national security policy. Prior to his time at American University, he worked for the American Political Science Association, the World Wildlife Fund, and Resources for the Future. He has an MA in political science from American University and a BA in political science and journalism from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

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