This course presents the primary role of the political analyst and the tools used in analysis. Students will conduct research on intelligence related political issues and learn how to weigh a variety of factors influencing how a political situation is likely to develop. The student also considers how the analyst evaluates information and determines probabilities for various situations. Finally, the student investigates how to handle low-probability, high-impact situations from an analytical standpoint.
Conduct investigative research of open source information for the completion of an area study analysis.
Demonstrate specialized knowledge through cultural and historical perspectives on a contemporary and emergent threat, challenge, and issue that relates to a specific area other than your country of citizenship.
Evaluate a strategic threat, issue or challenge specific to an area using advanced qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods analysis skills.
Demonstrate the ability to explain a threat, issue or challenge to a policy maker from the perspective of another through an area study analysis.
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