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Analyzing U.S. – Middle East Foreign Policy in the 21st Century

Analyzing U.S. – Middle East Foreign Policy in the 21st Century Syllabus  Seminar description: The attacks of September 11, 2001 were a defining moment for 21st Century. The reality of the attacks shocked the U.S. into the realization that its vision of a post Cold War movement of democracy and globalization was in jeopardy. The attacks launched new movement in foreign policy that sought to stamp out Islamic terrorism and to establish a legitimate democratic process in parts of the Middle East. This seminar will enable the student to recognize the dramatic changes in U.S. foreign policy following 9/11 and identify the key issues in the ongoing quest for power and security in the Middle East, the Gulf and Central Asia. Seminar contents: Session 1: A Defining Moment of the 21st Century: September 11th 2001 Session 2: Sweeping Afghanistan of the Taliban & Al Qaeda Session 3: Bush Doctrine, the Neo Conservative Vision, & Pax Americana Session 4: The Writing on the Wall: The Iraq War Session 5: The Remaking of Iraq: Post ‘Mission Accomplished’ Session 6: The Arab Israeli Conflict in the 21st Century Session 7: The Return of Taliban & Al Qaeda Session 8: Persian Power: The Revival of Iran Session 9: The future?: A Potent Mix of Disenfranchised Youth, Social Media, and Moderate Islam. Seminar objectives:    

Understand how the attacks of September 11, 2001 were an act of war that defined the opening of the century. Recognize that terrorism had taken on a new face that would require a wholly different response than before. Recognize the terrible hardships borne by the Afghan people over years of fighting and bitter civil war. Understand the major components of the war in Afghanistan to remove the Taliban and dismantle Al Qaeda.

Instructor: Dr. Simon A. Mould.

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Understanding and Discerning Current Events

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Understanding and Discerning Current Events Syllabus  Seminar description: Much of the next generation today is far more concerned with pop-culture issues than issues pertaining to government and the real problems facing the world. Along with America’s sense of historical isolation and independence from the rest of the world, this sadly contributes towards the ignorance of international issues. This seminar will challenge students to recognize that cultivating a relevant knowledge, understanding and wisdom constitutes a three dimensional intelligence of present world affairs and culture that is essential to the task of discipling nations. Students will examine a biblical strategy to develop a three dimensional intelligence of knowledge, understanding and wisdom that can be used to advance their influence in the field of their calling. Seminar contents: Session 1: The gift and development of 3D intelligence Session 2: The ignorance of 3D intelligence Session 3: The gathering of 3D intelligence Session 4: The interpretation of 3D intelligence Session 5: The presentation of 3D intelligence Seminar objectives:    

Recognize the importance of intellectual development as a means of glorifying God and preparing for His calling. Understand the elements of developing a three dimensional intelligence of knowledge, understanding and wisdom. Understand the necessity of gathering news in order to develop understanding and apply wisdom to current events. Know how to find relevant information about international issues from a variety of news sources and government organizations and be able to discern different opinions, bias, and be able to use the knowledge to make policy recommendations or decisions.

Instructor: Dr. Simon A. Mould.


The Substance of Christian Statesmanship

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The Substance of Christian Statesmanship Syllabus  Seminar description: This seminar identifies the vital aspects of what it means to be a Christian statesman. Today, many of the nation’s leaders are all too often self-serving politicians rather than principally led statesman. One the other hand, church leaders are often only interested in people’s spiritual development and often ignore the social development of a people. This seminar defines a distinct set of Christian statesmanship characteristics that will enable the believer to more effectively lead in social, political and personal transformation. Seminar contents: Session 1 & 2: Character & Identity: Becoming Heaven’s Ambassador on Earth Session 3 & 4: Values & Worldview: Seeing from Heaven’s Vantage Point Session 5: Vision: Carrying a Vision for Justice, Reconciliation, and Peace Seminar objectives:      

Receive revelation regarding identity as God’s sons and daughters, and thus heirs and co-rulers with Him. Acknowledge a first allegiance as citizens of God’s Heavenly Kingdom nation, called to be its Ambassadors upon the earth. Acquire Kingdom values and worldview. Recognize how worldviews affect thinking and behavior. Contrast a biblical worldview to a non biblical worldviews. Receive and present a Kingdom vision of justice and liberty in post 9/11 world affairs.

Instructor: Dr. Simon A. Mould.


The Primacy of Power and the Clash of Civilizations

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The Primacy of Power and the Clash of Civilizations Syllabus  Seminar description: Understanding the nature of world power is paramount to developing a keen sense of discernment concerning the direction of current world events. This seminar will provide the student with an understanding of world affairs as they have emerged from the fall of the Berlin Wall in the post-Cold War era, along with the subsequent rise of post modernism, Islamic militancy and China. Seminar contents: Session 1: The nature and structure of world power Session 2: Paradigms of world power Session 3: Modernization in a post modern world Session 4: Post-cold war paradigms Session 5: The fading power of the West Session 6: The Islamic resurgence Session 7: The rise of China Seminar objectives:

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Understand the overarching struggle for power that has dominated international politics and international relations. Grasp the necessity of possessing a paradigm through which to interpret the broader context of world events. Understand how powers relate: unipolar, bi-polar, multi-polar, non-polar. Analyze some of the paradigms presented in the early 1990s and evaluate their usefulness as a paradigm for the post Cold War era. To evaluate the Clash of Civilizations thesis in a post-Cold War and post-9/11 paradigm.

Instructor: Dr. Simon A. Mould.


A History of Power in the Middle East

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A History of Power in the Middle East Syllabus  Seminar description: More than an historical overview of the Middle East, this seminar seeks to provide a grand narrative that integrates the spiritual, political, and cultural story from the earliest of civilizations to modern world empires that have struggled for survival, have contended for legitimacy, and have fought for hegemony in this hotly contested region. The main objective of this seminar will be to understand the overarching struggle for power that has dominated this region, with particular emphasis on how spiritual and temporal forces have driven rulers and nations in this epic struggle through the ages. Seminar contents: Session 1: Patriarchs & Powers: Abraham and the Rise of World Powers Session 2: The Dawning of Islamic Power Session 3: Waxing Colonial Power, Waning Ottoman Power Session 4: The New Israel and its Arab Opposition 1917-78 Session 5: Revolution & the Resurgence of Islamic Extremism 1979-91 Session 6: The Al-Qaeda movement and the Path to 9/11 Session 7: The future?: A Potent Mix of Disenfranchised Youth, Social Media, and Moderate Islam. Seminar objectives:

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Understand the overarching struggle for power that has dominated international politics and international relations in the Middle East throughout history. Note the dominant trait of conquest and the quest political power throughout the early history of the Islamic people. Contrast the differences between the origins of the Islamic community and the JudeoChristian community. Recognize the effects of the Crusades in attempting to contain the Muslims to Arabia. The student will be able to discern some of the root causes of bitterness and humiliation among some Muslims that stems from the decline of the Ottoman Empire and the rise of the West. Recognize the 20th century superpower struggle for influence over the Middle East.

Instructor: Dr. Simon A. Mould.


A History of Power in the Middle East

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Identify the defining elements of the founding of the State of Israel. Recognize the Arab strategic objectives and opposition to the creation of the State of Israel. Discern the causes of the shift from Arab nationalism to Islamic fundamentalism. Discern the outcome of the Iranian Revolution among Middle East Muslims as well as the reaction from the Western world. Understand the rise of Al-Qaeda and the path to the 9/11 attacks. Define the central social and religious issues driving the historic change that is emerging in the Middle East.

Instructor: Dr. Simon A. Mould.

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Discerning the Post Cold War Era

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Discerning the Post Cold War Era Syllabus  Seminar description: The fall of the Berlin Wall served as the defining moment that wiped away the old era of super power modernism which, since the end of World War II, had defined the epic struggle between Eastern tyranny and Western democracy and capitalism. From the early 1990s a new Post Modern era was emerging, yet the inability for the leaders of this time to articulate a clear vision and direction resulted in a loss of Western identity and influence and the subsequent rise of anti-Western forces in its place. Seminar contents: Session 1: The Finale of the Cold War Session 2: The Gulf War and the Search for New World Order Session 3: Post Cold War Paradigms Session 4: Multiculturalism and the Loss of Western Identity & Influence Session 5: Lost Opportunity: U.S. Foreign Policy in the Clinton Administration Seminar objectives:          

Understand the necessity of possessing a paradigm through which to view the broader context of world events. Analyze some of the paradigms presented in the early 1990s and evaluate their usefulness as a paradigm for the new era. Understand the nature of how power is described: unipolar, bi-polar, multi-polar, nonpolar. Detect that moving from the bipolar struggle of the Cold War resulted in a paradigm shift regarding the nexus of power in post Cold War era. Discern the changing loyalties of both the West and the Islamic community during the Cold War based upon pragmatic political self-interests. Recognize how the nature of war changed due to the advancement of military technology and its affect on U.S. supremacy. Recognize the perceived setback in the Islamic agenda with U.S. leadership and presence in the Gulf. To recognize the connection with the politically correct multiculturalism of the 1990s to the undermining of national identity and with it, the gradual fading of American influence. Examine the new and increasing threats of the post Cold War era that the Clinton Administration attempted to deal with, and evaluate the effectiveness of the foreign policy of his administration.

Instructor: Dr. Simon A. Mould.


Developing a Biblical Worldview

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Developing a Biblical Worldview: Seeing From Heaven’s Vantage Point Syllabus  Seminar description: Worldview is essential not only in coming to grips with why we believe what we believe but understanding how worldview provides a paradigm for understanding the current spiritual economic, political and social trends within the culture. This seminar presents worldview with a unique set of goals that are primarily aimed at understanding the postmodern culture and current world affairs of the 21st century. Seminar contents: Session 1: The need for Kingdom values and worldview. Session 2: How worldviews work. Session 3: Heaven’s Vantage Point: A Biblical Worldview. Session 4: Integrating Biblical Values & Worldview in Statecraft. Session 5-10: Worldviews applied to: theology, ethics, sociology, economics, & politics Seminar objectives:    

Recognize how worldviews affect thinking and behavior. Contrast a biblical worldview to a non biblical worldviews. Acquire Kingdom values and worldview. Examine how worldviews have shaped social assumptions with regard to how a people view God, ethical dilemmas, the constitution of society, the creation and stewardship of wealth, the rule of law, etc.

Instructor: Dr. Simon A. Mould.


Daniel: Archetype of Prophetic Statesmanship

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The Prophet Daniel: Archetype of Prophetic Statesmanship Syllabus  Seminar description: The prophet Daniel is widely regarded as one of the greatest examples in biblical history of a prophet whose calling was to reveal the sovereignty of God's Kingdom to the world powers of his time. This seminar examines Daniel's example of intimacy with the Lord and intelligence of his world, which provides believers today with many principles and lessons that are necessary to regain their influence in the culture. Daniel's gifted yet disciplined intelligence gained him an influential reputation before kings and courts that granted him the opportunity to discern and declare emerging shifts in world power that would contribute towards a return to liberty for God's people. Seminar contents: Session 1: Preparing the Future History Makers Session 2: From God's Counsel to the World Court Session 3: A Distinct Influence and Work Session 4: History in the Making: Defining Moments and Movements in History Session 5: Prayer that Pulls Heaven into History Seminar objectives:        

Recognize that personal preparation is vital to apprehending personal destiny. Discern the personal distractions which keep believers from personal preparation. Understand Daniels progression of spiritual revelation. Summarize Daniel’s executive experience in education and government. Identify some of Daniel’s distinct work characteristics. Understand how historical movements are initiated by defining moments. Understand the governmental authority the believer exercises through prayer to bring the expressions of heaven’s government down to earth. Recognize the different aspects of governmental prayer: executive, legislative, and judicial intercessions.

Instructor: Dr. Simon A. Mould.


Analyzing U.S. – Middle East Foreign Policy in the 21st Century

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Discern possible concerns with the wars planning and execution that potentially resulted in the Taliban and Al Qaeda remaining with sufficient capability to regroup. To note the necessity of drawing upon a new paradigm for assessing foreign policy objectives and actions in the post 9/11 era. Recognize Saddam’s defiance of the international community between the Gulf War and the Iraq war period. Understand the previously held containment policy towards Iraq and the arguments surrounding its reassessment. Follow a progressive path towards the U.S. led invasion and regime change. Note the affect and response of the Iraqi insurgency that sought to disrupt the governance of a newly freed Iraq. Understand the components of the Middle East peace process spanning the Bush administration and the outset of the Obama administration. Understand the nature of the problems with regards to the resurrection of the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Understand Iran’s quest for regional power and how that is being realized through the religious shift towards the Shiite Muslim faith. Evaluate different policy options regarding how the West should respond to Iran through regime change, military strikes, containment, or engagement.

Instructor: Dr. Simon A. Mould.

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