Program Objectives

The United States functions in a competitive global environment. The world faces a unique set of challenges such as terrorism, proliferation, cybersecurity, pandemics, energy security, environmental degradation, authoritarianism, immigration, educational failure, unemployment and overpopulation. The U.S. competes with state and non-state actors over these issues and is challenged to formulate a competitive engagement strategy to exert influence.

DMGS’s Regional Studies courses provide students with an in-depth estimation of these contemporary national and transnational issues. They examine trends and issues in the regional context as well as how the U.S. meets the challenges in each region. Regional Studies courses focus on critical thinking and analytical skills necessary to analyze the social, historical, political, economic, and cultural strategies of state and non-state actors.

Regional Studies courses assess emerging regional challenges and opportunities to advance U.S. interests. They explore and evaluate the growing threat of unconventional conflicts, and summarize the ideologies and goals of non-state actors. Regional Studies courses also examine the long-term strengths and weaknesses of those actors.

DMGS’s experienced scholar-practitioner faculty help develop student knowledge, skills, competencies, and learning outcomes. Through this rich academic experience students will be able to apply Regional Studies skills to master the learning outcomes in the Intelligence, National Security and Information Operations programs.

Graduates of this program will be able to:

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

Program Director

Dr. Michael Sharnoff is an Associate Professor of Middle East Studies at the Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security (DMGS) and Director of the Regional Studies Program. Read More

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