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Taught by LTG David Huntoon, Jr. USA (ret.):

The United States faces a world of volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity. Challenges come from numerous factors and actors — including the growing power of China and India, a shift in power from Atlantic to Pacific regions, North Korea’s rogue weapons program, cyberwarfare, humanitarian and natural disasters, and terrorist organizations. Discuss new security-policy strategies with experts in the field.

“The two days I spent in class refreshed my knowledge of national security strategy and reignited my interest in history, security and policy. I found the regional overviews particularly interesting. They gave me a good sense of the politics of the different areas.” – Class participant

OPM Competency: External Awareness

This course is required for Certificate in Policy Strategy.


Brookings scholars, policymakers, foreign diplomats, and corporate professionals are the types of speakers who will share their insights within this course.

Past speakers for this course include:

  • The Hon. Johnnie Carson, Senior Advisor to the President, United States Institute of Peace; Former Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Department of State; Former Ambassador to Kenya, Zimbabwe, and Uganda
  • The Hon. Bathsheba N. Crocker, Vice President of Humanitarian Action and Policy, CARE; Former Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs
  • LTG David Huntoon, Jr. USA (ret.), President, D2H Leadership Consulting, LLC; Executive in Residence at Brookings Executive Education; Member at The Spectrum Group; Former Superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point
  • Michael E. O’Hanlon, Senior Fellow and Director of Research, Foreign Policy Studies, The Brookings Institution
  • Alina Polyakova, David M. Rubenstein Fellow – Foreign Policy, Center on the United States and Europe, The Brookings Institution

Audience for this Program:

  • Intelligence and military communities
  • Business managers and executives
  • Nonprofit, advocacy, humanitarian and development organizations
  • Political officers at embassies and consulates
  • Federal agency employees who have an interest in the region and/or how it relates to US policy
  • Government officials wanting to learn how global issues affect domestic policies and those at their agencies

Program Benefits:

  • Gain unique perspectives on global security challenges, threats and opportunities
  • Review administration and congressional priorities
  • Develop strategies for combatting challenges and leveraging opportunities
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