This course introduces participants to regional security and geopolitical challenges, alternating annually between the different U.S. geographic combatant commands. These challenges are viewed and analyzed through the framework of U.S. national security strategy and global interests. It begins by exploring overarching issues in U.S. foreign policy, from the interagency process to the meaning of hard, soft and smart power and introduces participants to major debates and themes in American strategy, as described in key documents such as the Interim National Security Strategic Guidance and the National Defense Strategy.
This year’s iteration is centered on the U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) and the Central and South American region (Latin America). It delves into a variety of issues that will challenge American policymakers in Latin America in the coming years. Course participants will come away with a better understanding of the regional security environment, the way that military power fits into a larger approach to dealing with key challenges, and the possible role of special operations forces in addressing these issues.
- National Security Apparatuses and Inter-Agency Processes
- National Security Strategy and Defense Strategy
- US Security Interests in Latin America
- Economic Insecurity & Contributing Factors
- China and Additional Influence in the Region