Central Challenges of American National Security, Strategy and the Press | MOOC

When: 2015-02-26 15:00 - 2015-02-26 15:00
Where: Americké centrum, Tržiště 13, Praha 1 – Malá Strana
Entry fee: Registration at acprague@state.gov required by February 22.

During the seven meetups at the American Center, you will have a chance to discuss topics of national security covered in the course with Czech and American experts.

Registration at acprague@state.gov required by February 22. The number of seats is limited.

In English.



Send an email expressing your interest in “National Security” to acprague@state.gov by February 22, 2015.

Please, include your name, your age, and your current job. If you are a student, please, list your university, department and area of study.

After the signup deadline, you will receive confirmation of your participation.

Hurry Up! The number of seats are limited!



– Watch the online lectures & complete weekly assignments.
– Join our weekly MeetUp where you can discuss issues arising in the lectures with American and Czech experts. The course is scheduled for 7 weeks, therefore there will be 7 MeetUps. During the MeetUp, we will elaborate in more detail on the course issues and we will help you in completing the assignments.
– Get a certificate of participation from the U.S. Embassy in Prague and have fun at graduation ceremony at the end of the course – if you participate in at least 6 MeetUps.


Knowledge, new friends, and a certificate of participation!


Graham Allison is Director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and Douglas Dillon Professor of Government at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. As "Founding Dean" of the modern Kennedy School, under his leadership, from 1977 to 1989, a small, undefined program grew twenty-fold to become a major professional school of public policy and government. Dr Allison has served as Special Advisor to the Secretary of Defense under President Reagan and as Assistant Secretary of Defense for Policy and Plans under President Clinton, where he coordinated DOD strategy and policy towards Russia, Ukraine, and the other states of the former Soviet Union. He has the sole distinction of having twice been awarded the Department of Defense’s highest civilian award, the Distinguished Public Service Medal, first by Secretary Cap Weinberger and second by Secretary Bill Perry. He served as a member of the Defense Policy Board for Secretaries Weinberger, Carlucci, Cheney, Aspin, Perry and Cohen. Dr. Allison’s first book, Essence of Decision: Explaining the Cuban Missile Crisis (1971), was released in an updated and revised second edition (1999) and ranks among the all-time bestsellers with more than 450,000 copies in print. His latest book (2013), Lee Kuan Yew: The Grand Master’s Insights on China, the United States and the World (co-authored with Robert Blackwill), has been a bestseller in the US and abroad.  His previous book, Nuclear Terrorism: The Ultimate Preventable Catastrophe, is now in its third printing and was selected by the New York Times as one of the "100 most notable books of 2004."


We will be meeting regularly for seven weeks on Thursdays from 4 pm.
We are starting on February 26 at 4 pm at the American Center, Trziste 13, Praha 1