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Upcoming Workshops

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Still looking to take some interesting courses? Need a few more credits? The following is a list of upcoming workshops that are still available for the second half of the semester.

WKSH 8523- US Nuclear Weapons History and Cost- March 30- April 1, Instructor: Schwartz

This workshop explores how and why the United States spent more than $7 trillion to build 70,000 nuclear weapons during the Cold War, conduct more than 1,000 nuclear tests, and deploy and maintain a worldwide network of delivery systems, sensors, and communications assets capable of unleashing (or defending against) unimaginable destruction. Key developments and turning points in the history of the U.S. nuclear weapons program will be discussed, and the substantial human health, environmental, and economic costs of the testing, production, and deployment of U.S. nuclear weapons will be quantified and assessed, along with the effectiveness of efforts to keep secret large parts of the program. The ongoing and anticipated future costs of U.S. nuclear weapons will also be discussed. Basic knowledge of nuclear weapons and the Cold War is helpful but not essential.

WKSH 8526- Fundamentals of International Trade and Shipping-April 27-29, Instructor: MacLellan

The purpose of this workshop is to explain fundamental principles and implications of international trade transactions which require goods movement. We will explore key relationships between the commercial agreement, the financial aspect of the transaction and the physical movement of the goods (international air and sea freight). An important focus will be risk minimization through the pragmatic use of international terms of sale, intermodal bills of lading, surveys and insurance. In addition, other current areas of concern in the field of international logistics will be reviewed, including shipping markets, non-tariff barriers, security, foreign trade zones, and currency fluctuations.

WKSH 8538- Nonproliferation, Disarmament and Peaceful Uses- April 14- 15, Instructor: Wijewardane

The Non-Aligned Movement is the principal partner of Western states and the Nuclear Weapons States in multilateral negotiations relating to nuclear nonproliferation and disarmament. This Workshop will introduce the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) in its historical and current contexts, and will focus on the role NAM has played in the global nuclear debate. The Workshop will examine relevant material from the NAM intergovernmental process including its Head of State Summit Meetings, as well as the contributions made by NAM in multilateral fora, such as the NPT, the UNGA, the First Committee, the Conference on Disarmament, the UNDC as well as international Organizations such as the IAEA.

WKSH 8542- Counterterrorism- March 28- May 18, Instructor: Howard– ONLINE COURSE

The Counter-Terrorism Workshop is designed to address the challenges of terrorism in the current and future global security environment in a participatory seminar format. Specifically, the workshop briefly reviews the threat terrorism poses to liberal democratic states, citizens and policymakers, then explores how liberal democracies can best predict, prevent, preempt and, if necessary, directly combat terrorism. The workshop leverages the instructor’s counter-terrorism experience, which spans nearly three decades in various operational and academic assignments. The workshop assumes a baseline understanding of terrorism (prior completion of a basic terrorism course is recommended) but will review the “new terrorism” briefly to ensure that all workshop members have a common frame of reference. Students will then explore numerous facets of counter-terrorism strategies, policies and operations. Special attention will be given to addressing terrorist threats in a democratic society. Three case studies (Mumbai, the Times Square Bomber, and a case of the student’s choosing) will illustrate the real challenges of countering terrorism in democratic countries. Students will conduct a graded group exercise that pits their skills and ingenuity against counter-terrorist forces.

WKSH 8549B- Human Trafficking- March 28- May 18, Instructor: Vanek– ONLINE COURSE

This workshop will examine human trafficking as an emerging public issue, while focusing on the real-world challenges to identifying and rescuing victims, prosecuting traffickers, while also addressing the socio-economic and cultural dynamics that are leveraged by traffickers. This course will focus heavily on the multi-disciplinary, victim-centered approach promoted through international and domestic anti-human trafficking protocols and policies, including the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 and the subsequent reauthorizations.

The course will include an examination of relevant existing data, types of trafficking, legal definitions, domestic and international efforts to combat trafficking, challenges faced by law enforcement, the nexus between trafficking and other transnational crime, the role of traditional NGOs and social entrepreneurs, and corporate social responsibility. Finally, we will examine potential career opportunities related to combating human trafficking and the leadership, collaboration and consensus-building skills necessary for success, whether working in the global arena or for a local agency.

WKSH 8580- Renewable Energy- April 13- 15, Instructor: Williams 

WKSH 8597- Trade Migration and Risk Mitigation- May 04- 06, Instructor: MacLellan

The purpose of this course is to review compliance issues for international trade. Since 9/11, import controls have been steadily increased by Homeland Security, CBP, the FDA and other Federal agencies. Additionally, since the recent transfer of responsibility for export regulation from the U.S. Department of Census to CBP, export controls present a greater obstacle for U.S. businesses than in other nations, despite Government policy to increase exports through the National Export Initiative. To provide an understanding of these challenges to trade, this course shall provide an overview of these key issues;

Regulatory rules for both imports and export, to and from the United States. Proposed reforms to export controls will also be reviewed.

Security issues arising from current U.S. Government policies will be explored, with specific reference to the Bureau of Industry & Security as well as other Federal agencies, including the Department of Defense, State Department and U.S. Department of the Treasury.Best practices for internal corporate controls to ensure compliance will be discussed in the context of international commercial transactions. For the purpose of enabling a successful trade transaction, the merits of comparative risk mitigation approaches to compliance will be analyzed.


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