Faculty Profile

Anthony Williams

Visiting Professor of Political Science and Security Studies (2011)

Contact Information

williant@dickinson.edu

Denny Hall Room 14B
717.245.2548135

Bio

Education

  • B.A., Old Dominion University, 1967
  • M.A., University of Virginia, 1969

2014-2015 Academic Year

Fall 2014

POSC 290 International Terrorism
Cross-listed with INST 290-02. This course will cover the global war on terrorism, its origins, its characteristics, and the ends, ways and means of the participants. We will begin by seeking to arrive at a working definition of terrorism. We will examine various historic case studies in an effort to identify common characteristics of terrorist activity, terrorist motivations, the origins of today's terrorist movements, and a general typology of terrorism. We will focus on specific "types" of terrorist activity as those types manifest themselves in the global war on terrorism. We will address the catastrophic events of September 11, 2001 and their impact on the national security of the United States. Finally, we will examine the current strategy of the United States in the global war on terrorism, and its implications and challenges.

INST 290 International Terrorism
Cross-listed with POSC 290-02. This course will cover the global war on terrorism, its origins, its characteristics, and the ends, ways and means of the participants. We will begin by seeking to arrive at a working definition of terrorism. We will examine various historic case studies in an effort to identify common characteristics of terrorist activity, terrorist motivations, the origins of today's terrorist movements, and a general typology of terrorism. We will focus on specific "types" of terrorist activity as those types manifest themselves in the global war on terrorism. We will address the catastrophic events of September 11, 2001 and their impact on the national security of the United States. Finally, we will examine the current strategy of the United States in the global war on terrorism, and its implications and challenges.

Spring 2015

INST 290 Intelligence and Nat Security
Cross-listed with POSC 290-04. This course is intended to provide students with a basic understanding of the organization, activities, limitations, and capabilities of the U.S. national intelligence community, and the role of intelligence in National Security Policy. The course provides a brief historical overview of US intelligence operations, an understanding of the organization and operations of the U.S. Intelligence Community, definitions and descriptions of the various intelligence disciplines their management, uses, limitations, methods, costs, and significance for strategic analysts, policymakers, and planners. The course also addresses the legal basis of U.S. intelligence, intelligence analysis and dissemination and the uses of finished intelligence in the making and execution of national security policy. The course continues with lessons on counterintelligence and deception, and intelligence-related activities at the strategic level, such as "special activities." There will be lessons that will cover the role of the Intelligence Community in the interagency policymaking process, interface with the policymaker and Congressional oversight. The course concludes with a lesson devoted to the future of U.S. intelligence. This course will also include several writing assignments of varying length, all focused on the writing genres currently in use in the intelligence and security fields.

POSC 290 Intelligence and Nat Security
Cross-listed with INST 290-01. This course is intended to provide students with a basic understanding of the organization, activities, limitations, and capabilities of the U.S. national intelligence community, and the role of intelligence in National Security Policy. The course provides a brief historical overview of US intelligence operations, an understanding of the organization and operations of the U.S. Intelligence Community, definitions and descriptions of the various intelligence disciplines their management, uses, limitations, methods, costs, and significance for strategic analysts, policymakers, and planners. The course also addresses the legal basis of U.S. intelligence, intelligence analysis and dissemination and the uses of finished intelligence in the making and execution of national security policy. The course continues with lessons on counterintelligence and deception, and intelligence-related activities at the strategic level, such as "special activities." There will be lessons that will cover the role of the Intelligence Community in the interagency policymaking process, interface with the policymaker and Congressional oversight. The course concludes with a lesson devoted to the future of U.S. intelligence. This course will also include several writing assignments of varying length, all focused on the writing genres currently in use in the intelligence and security fields.