Inside the White House Situation Room: Innovations in Statecraft (21773). 2 units. An intensive graduate seminar about the evolving tools of statecraft and U.S. foreign policy decision-making. This seminar will take students inside the White House Situation Room to examine the policy, legal, and practical considerations surrounding key tools available to policymakers – covert action, cyber warfare, Special Forces operations, defense diplomacy, trade and economic statecraft, financial sanctions, and social media. The seminar will focus on the practical dilemmas facing current policymakers and skills needed to advise the President. The seminar will include guest lectures by current and former senior U.S. policymakers and business leaders to provide a first-hand perspective about how these tools are used in practice. Students will be required to produce documents that closely resemble what the National Security Council staff is called on to produce, including decision memoranda for the President, speeches and congressional testimony by the Secretary of State and Secretary of Defense, briefing points for the President’s Daily Intelligence Briefing, lawyers group memoranda, and talking points for the President’s meeting with heads of state. Students will write short papers throughout the term. Also GLBL 757b. Limited enrollment. Permission of the instructor required. M.J. Spence.
Note: If the course is oversubscribed, Professor Spence will ask students for a short statement of interest and a CV at the first class meeting. This course will follow the Graduate School calendar.
Note: If you are interested in this course, you should attend the first class meeting. The first class meeting will be on Monday, January 25.