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Recent January Course Offerings (2022)

Global Energy and Geopolitics (Hederman)

Learn to analyze a broad range of energy matters from an international policy perspective. This course provides a foundation for understanding current international relations regarding energy and appreciating international dynamics around energy and closely related environmental issues. (PAI 700)

Public Management of Technology Development (O'Keefe)

The public sector is frequently both the consumer and regulator of technology advances.  For aspiring public managers, this course will examine the active and passive government influences, which can and have been exerted over technology and innovation management. For aspiring business managers and technical professionals in engineering or  information systems, this course will provide a perspective of the applications of public policy and public management practices and will offer constructive avenues on how government actions on behalf of the public may be anticipated. (PAI 771)

Follow the Money: Key Issues in Illicit Finance (Patel)

Develop your conceptual and practical understanding of how illicit actors exploit the financial industry, focusing on sanctions evasion, money laundering, organized crime, and terrorist financing, and consider the challenges faced by analysts, policymakers and bankers to mitigate financial crime risks in an evolving industry. This course examines how U.S. government agencies—law enforcement, regulators, national security organizations and the military—collaborate with international partners, non-profit organizations and the financial industry to identify, assess and combat financial crime threats. (PAI 700)

Recent May Course Offerings (2021)

Central Challenges in National Security Law and Policy (Baker)

Learn to integrate legal and policy analyses and how policy is made and implemented with significant legal guidance. Using a series of case study modules that jump off the front page, the course examines critically the hardest U.S. national security law and policy challenges of the decades ahead. From humanitarian interventions to critical international security threats, when and how should the U.S. intervene and what laws should govern that involvement? From issue of non-proliferation of nuclear weapons, to cyber security and technology implementation, to public health crisis, to civil-military relations, to global warming this course examines a range of issues, regions and international contexts.  (PAI 730)

Current Policy Issues in US-Latin American Relations (French)

Discuss U.S. policy in Latin America with current and former government officials, scholars and non-governmental organization representatives. Beginning with an historical foundation from assigned readings, class lectures and discussions will focus on current policy issues: How did U.S. narcotics, terrorism, trade and immigration policies shape relations with Latin America under the current and previous administrations? What can/should the U.S. do to promote democracy in Venezuela, or security and prosperity in Bolivia, Haiti and Central America? What are China’s intentions in the region, and how should the U.S. respond? Can the region escape the boom-and-bust cycle of commodity-based economies? What does the COVID-19 pandemic reveal about the region’s social and economic structures? (PAI 703)

Athena Rising: Defense, Diplomacy and Development (McInnis)

The ancient Greeks knew that militarism without strategy was a losing proposition, which is why Athena—the multifaceted female god of art, war, empathy, protection, architecture and many other things besides—was the deity for victory.  This course uses the deity Athena as a heuristic in order to critically engage the structure and substance of U.S. national security policy. Over the duration of the class, students explore national security policy through the lenses of gender, creativity, storytelling, strategic empathy, and interagency structures in order to tease out how the U.S. might build better national security strategies and policies. 


Syracuse students pay SU graduate tuition for three credits, plus a fee of $200, billed in spring and summer. GSPIA students pay their home institution.

Kristen Patel

To Syracuse, DC, Hong Kong and back

Distinguished alumna Kristen (Kris) Patel is the Donald P. and Margaret Curry Gregg Professor of Practice in Korean and East Asian Affairs, teaching undergraduate and graduate classes in D.C. and Syracuse. With more than 25 years of experience leading intelligence and analytics programs in the public and private sectors, Patel returns to Maxwell directly from HSBC’s Compliance Office in Asia-Pacific, where she built and managed regional financial crime intelligence capability for one of the world’s largest banks.

Kristen Patel ’90 Econ/PST

Donald P. and Margaret Curry Gregg Professor of Practice in Korean and East Asian Affairs

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