Nation Building as Security Policy

Course Number: 470.768.81

The Johns Hopkins University

1717 Massachusetts Avenue, NW

Washington, DC 20036


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Class Schedule (including semester-specific information)

Class Syllabus (independent of semester)

Reading Materials

Distance Learning

This course is offered via distance learning technology. Beyond the general requirements below, distance learning imposes additional requirements on students and teacher. This is not a self-paced course; a high degree of student interaction is a must. To accommodate geographically distributed students, the course is asynchronous; there is no requirement to be online at any specific time. The entire class, however, will advance lock-step, one week at a time.

Course Description

Nation building is nothing new, but it has recently become a prominent way to achieve U.S. national security. Nation building has a long history, including imperial attempts, the anti-colonial attempts that followed, and the creation of new states. The United States also has a history of nation building in Central America and the Caribbean, following the Second World War, and in Vietnam. The history of nation building is reviewed systematically for lessons learned. Particular attention is paid to recent efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Attention is paid to specific policy statements and organizational capacities for nation building. The course concludes by examining nation building as a way in the ends, ways, and means linkage of national security strategy.

Course Requirements

Students are required to undertake considerable reading each week and are expected to participate in class discussions. A principal output of the class is a paper that addresses specific issues related to national security organization, strategy, and nation building. The primary inputs include a textbook, selected formal policy statements, and selected articles from scholarly journals. Each student is expected to contribute to class discussion throughout the week.

Course Objectives

Students are expected to leave the course with an understanding of the challenges of nation building as a way to achieve U.S. national security and the ability to enter into an informed debate on the role that nation building plays in U.S. national security strategy.

Attendance and Enrollment

Attendance is taken to ensure that the University is in compliance with its obligations to those who provide federal and state grants, scholarships, loans, etc. A substantive posting to the course website constitutes attendance during that week. If you miss any two weeks of attendance, you will be withdrawn from the course and ineligible to earn a grade.

Course Contact Information

Professor:       D. Robert Worley, Ph.D.

Reception:      202-452-1280.

Web Pages:     JHU web-based system (Blackboard). Independent backup system.

Office Hours:  Email is the most reliable way to contact me. If you need voice contact, please make an appointment via email for a telephone call.

The strength of the university depends on academic and personal integrity. In this course, you must be honest and truthful. Ethical violations include cheating on exams, plagiarism, reuse of assignments, improper use of the Internet and electronic devices, unauthorized collaboration, alteration of graded assignments, forgery and falsification, lying, facilitating academic dishonesty, and unfair competition. Report any violations you witness to the instructor.

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