This course describes the principal intelligence organizations operating in the world today, including their organizational structures and select operational successes and failures. Students will learn to explain and describe the history, working philosophies, and specialties of the CIA and DIA in the US, MI6 in Britain, the BND in Germany, the DGSE in France, SISMI and SISDE in Italy, MOSSAD in Israel, the KGB and its successors in Russia, and their counterparts in China, Japan, and various Middle Eastern countries.
Conduct research to explain the various forms and organizational structures of international intelligence agencies and apply this to real world case studies
Identify particular threats and risks to a set of countries and assess how they have devised their intelligence communities to address them
Relate real-world information and events to the study of international intelligence agencies
Evaluate the role of culture, history and geopolitical standing to the operation of countries’ intelligence communities
Using appropriately complex writing and research skills, explain not only the structure of foreign intelligence agencies, but using critical thinking skills, assess their strengths and weaknesses and provide suggestions on possible improvements
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