The Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security (DMGS)

The Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security (DMGS) offers unique Regional Studies courses taught by experienced scholar-practitioners. Courses will bridge the gap between theory and practice and integrate learning outcomes with the Intelligence, National Security, and Managing Disruption and Violence (MDV) programs.

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Regional Studies

Regional Studies examines trends in areas that are important for U.S. interests such as Russia, Northeast Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe and Latin America. It focuses on critical thinking and the analytical skills necessary to analyze the social, historical, political, economic, and culture of state and non-state actors, and evaluates their long-term strengths and weaknesses.

Through simulations, role-playing exercises and group projects, Regional Studies courses will provide students with a firm appreciation and understanding of the politics and security of contemporary regional issues. The knowledge and skills acquired in these courses will help students become very attractive candidates when they graduate to work national security issues whether in the public or private sector.

Program Learning Objectives

Graduates of this degree program will be able to:

  • Evaluate the major trends in regions and countries that are important for U.S. interests.
  • Appraise regional and country challenges, threats, and possibilities to advance U.S. interests.
  • Analyze ideologies, goals, strengths, and weaknesses of non-state actors.
  • Assess the threat of and propose possible solutions to resolve unconventional conflict that are important for U.S. interests.
Michael Sharnoff, Ph.D.

Program Chair

Dr. Michael Sharnoff is the Director of Regional Studies at DMGS, where he is an Associate Professor of Middle East Studies. He is the author of Nasser’s Peace: Egypt’s Response to the 1967 War with Israel (2017).

Dr. Sharnoff has traveled extensively in the Middle East and has lived in three major world capitals. He has congressional experience on Capitol Hill; worked at influential policy centers in Washington; and publishes frequently on the Middle East. His articles have appeared in major publications including The Daily Beast, Huffington Post, Al Arabiya, Palestine-Israel Journal, and Your Middle East. He completed a Ph.D. in Middle East Studies from King’s College, London, and his research interests include the Arab-Israeli conflict, Political Islam, and contemporary Middle Eastern history.