Mar 7, 10:00AM – Apr 11, 12:00PM
The Blake Building, Washington, DC
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Yale Alumni College: The Never-Ending War: The U.S. Confronts Extremism
This class dissects how the United States has attempted to defeat the extremists, al-Qa’ida and ISIS, and why these attempts have, at least so far, failed. Beginning with the formation of al-Qa’ida during the Afghan Jihad, we will examine the policies, strategies, and tactics employed by the U.S. and others to defeat or at least degrade violent groups and the ideology that they espouse—jihadi-salafism. After a short thematic introduction to U.S. national security ideologies and policies toward terrorism, insurgency, and religious extremism, the class will take a chronological look at the war itself, showing how we have fought our war with al-Qa’ida and ISIS and why we have failed to definitively defeat these particular extremists and their ideology. The course will end by asking if this is a war that we can win.
The Blake Building, Washington, DC — 1025 Connecticut Ave