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Course Description

This course examines the role of intelligence organizations in the western world in the 20th century. On a broad scale, we review the development of organizations tasked with the mission of collecting, assessing, and reporting information useful for successful statecraft. We shall also assess the role these organizations played in shaping the events of the 20th century. As part of this process we identify the purpose, methods, and problems associated with the intelligence function. The primary focus will be on the western world, but some attention will be paid to non-western examples as well. There will be especial attention paid to the problems inherent to the development of clandestine organizations in democratic republics and the eternal conflict between security and transparency.  Lecture (plus Questions); Facilitated Discussion
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