The American Presidency as Worldwide Power

UIMP Virtual Campus
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This is an Specialized Course, entirely taught by distance learning at the International University Menéndez Pelayo (UIMP). The organizing team has a well deserved international prestige after 10 years of high quality courses.

Within this Specialized Course, each course can be conducted in English or Spanish. The student decides in what language he/she wants to follow the course. The course will address the key issues that the new Presidency of Donald Trump raises for the West and the rest of the world. The course will begin on July 1, 2017. Students who complete their assignments during the development of each module will finish the course at the end of July 2017. That is, the course can be completed in only two months, and in a complementary way to the main activity of the student (employment, other studies or other).

The course will address the central issues in Donald Trump Presidency, the American political system, the new US Government approach on Security, Foreign Affairs, Defense, Intelligence, the Economy expectations, the antipolitical focus implemented by President Trump, and so on. Potential students are professionals in these fields, public servants and employees in the private sector, university students, etc.

COURSE 1:    
since 1 until 7 of July

Course Contents: Analysis of the Presidency as a backbone of the American political system. The origin of the institution, and its gradual definition by practical focus, symbolic process, federal assertion, and so on. The progressive accumulation of powers in the twentieth century. The phenomenon of presidentialism. The President as an iconological figure. The new axis of civic patriotism and public service. Understanding the president's real and constitutional functions. The rise of anti-political presidents: from Ronald Reagan to Donald Trump. President Trump as heroic icon of the middle and lower classes. An outsider President? The non-conformist and anti-establishement component of his mandate. Trump, represented as leader of the discontented. The new presidential populism. Skills and difficulties of the new President. The challenges ahead. The possibility of a political crisis.
Course Objectives: Learning the key lines of the practical operation of the Presidency. Understanding the management of the presidential institution. Knowledge of US political system. Development of political and institutional analysis skills. Implementation of prospective abilities. Calculation of political risks. Improvement of an strategic vision. Overall perspective on leadership and presidential politics.
Taught by: José J. SANMARTÍN

COURSE 2:    
since 8 until 14 of July

Course Contents: The course will begin with an examination of the requirements/experience necessary for a President to lead the security apparatus of the USA. The course will then compare/contrast Trumps experience to other notable leaders of the USA, such as George Washington/Thomas Jefferson, to more contemporary times, Nixon/Kennedy/Reagan. The course will then examine the republican/democratic party platforms on security issues versus Trumps published agenda, and pre-election rhetoric to gain a better understanding of how a Trump Administration will implement its overall security policy.
Course Objectives: The course objective will be to examine the potential evolution of security policy under a Trump Administation through an examination of his published agenda, pre-election rhetoric and cabinet selections (to date). Over the length of the course the student will review Trumps public positions on many security issues, such as immigration policy, military engagement in the middle east, and the war on terror.
Taught by: Thomas CAMPBELL

COURSE 3:    
since 15 until 21 of July


Course Contents:
- To know the theoretical, methodological and practical principles of political discipline, intelligence and international security through practical cases, personal experiences and empirical knowledge of experts and specialists collected in the reference bibliography.
- To learn, at least, the essentials of THE UNITED STATES FOREIGN POLICY: THE GEO-STRATEGY OF POWER and international peace, the defence of the interests of world society and the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
- To describe the keys that forecast the immediate future of geopolitics, as a discipline that allows us to understand the general steps of the main powers, specifically the US, Russia, China, the EU, emerging countries and OPEC members. MAIN RISKS AND DANGERS OF THE CONTEMPORARY WORLD.
- Evaluate the effects of the new populism in countries with a tradition of advanced democracy and respect for democratic principles and values.
Taking into account that the eminent thinker Stephen Hawking has warned that we are in at the "most dangerous moment of the development of humanity." Through a in an lengthy article, the celebrated Cambridge professor wrote that "we now have the technology to destroy the planet we live in, but we have not developed the ability to escape it."
"Perhaps within a few hundred years, we will have established human colonies in the stars, but for now we only have one planet, and we have to work together to protect it," he said.
Under these premises, we have conceived a course a method to reflect, in advance, the conflicts in to which we are subjected in this globalized world where the United States has a preponderant leadership with a new President that takes causes us to act in a context of great uncertainty because it is difficult to see to predict with certainty the future of Trump's administration and its impact on international relations.
Although it is too early to predict the new geopolitics of the tycoon President, everything seems to indicate that he has chosen Russia as a new friend and China as an enemy that which would change the political, economic, energy and financial scenario of international relations known so far at present.
This module is complemented by the other three, and will allow the student to acquire the knowledge and professional skills necessary to work as a policy analyst, in international relations or security, as well as in intelligence.
Course Objectives:
The general objective of Module 3 is aimed at university students, specialists or professionals capable of doing Intelligence analysis, and security, prospective or strategic studies. Also, policy planning and International Relations are relevant here, in order to serve governmental or/ and international organizations. Also to be able to provide advice to public or private research centers, public administrations, banks and economic and financial institutions, will be an objective in this course.
Another objectives:
- Knowledge, skills and analysis to identify the uncertainties and risks of US international policy and its implications for international energy security, the fight against international terrorism, geopolitics, migration and the new challenges of intelligence services Before in the face of the enemies of democracy.
- To evaluate open and public information in conflict assessments and analysis, as necessary information as opposed to secret information.
- Have to develop the skills to obtain, treat and interpret the information resources needed for decision-making.
- To acquire the necessary knowledge and capacity to evaluate techniques and scenarios of uncertainty in the preparation of strategic plans for international conflicts, geopolitics and international security.
- Have to develop skills in the management of information technologies essential for the evaluation and distinction of open information, reporting and source management and protection.
- To acquire the ability to plan, design and implement international policy, preferably in the field of international intelligence as an instrument of international relations.
- To learn to develop a plan and design a strategy in a context of uncertainty and carry out a project to obtain and analyse strategic information before the new politics of the Trump administration.
Taught by: Pastor G. CISNEROS

COURSE 4:    
since 22 until 28 of July

Course contents: The election of Donald Trump has created extraordinary uncertainty about the future course of U.S. economic policy, but chances are that a variety of decisions taken on in 2017 will either confirm or deny the initial reactions observed in financial markets in late 2016 – namely, that the Trump administration will adopt policies that will be beneficial to U.S. stocks and the U.S. dollar, but also prejudicial to bonds in the United States. It is likely that, on assuming office, Trump will use executive orders in a wide range of areas including foreign trade, immigration and financial regulation, so we will begin by analyzing these initiatives and their implications. To affect government revenue and spending decisions, he will need congressional support, so we will study developments in and prospects for tax policy (e.g., cuts in personal and corporate income taxes), changes in fiscal expenditure levels and priorities, and the consequences in terms of deficit spending. We will also analyze prospects for monetary policy, and thus interest rates and the dollar, which will be affected by both appointments made to the policymaking board of the Federal Reserve as well as by trends in regulatory and fiscal policies, among others.
Course objectives: Students will gain an understanding of the menu of economic policy instruments and alternatives in the United States, and of the key institutions involved in economic policymaking and in the implementation of fiscal, monetary, regulatory and other measures (e.g., the U.S. National Economic Council, the Department of the Treasury, the U.S. Congress and the Federal Reserve). They will also learn how to follow economic policy developments in the United States through the press and other sources of information, based on our analysis of what will have transpired in the first few months of 2017. Most importantly, students will be increasingly able to connect economic policy news to developments in the financial markets, in order to make sense of fluctuations and trends in U.S. stocks, bonds and the dollar and their implications for policies and financial assets in the rest of the world.
Taught by: Arturo PORZECANSKI