Intelligence in Strategy and National Security Policymaking


Intelligence refers to the process of collecting and analyzing policy-relevant, often difficult to obtain, information. Accurate intelligence is crucial for policymakers and practitioners to formulate and implement strategies with regard to the core issues of national security, including counter-terrorism, counter-proliferation, foreign policy and defense policy.

This course introduces participants to the craft of collecting, processing, analyzing, and presenting intelligence. It discusses intelligence’s role in policymaking and examines key issues and challenges facing intelligence communities.


Learning Outcomes

  • Develop an informed appreciation of the uses, capabilities and limitations of intelligence
  • Think and look at the world like intelligence officers in a dispassionate, analytical fashion, understanding how to manage and express uncertainty.
  • Understand the place and uses of intelligence in the policy making enterprise.



  • Officials and subject matter experts from government, NGOs and relevant private sector bodies, as well as graduate students, who seek a deeper understanding of the importance of intelligence in the governing and decision-making process.



12 hours



  • $1095 (plus tax)


Featured Instructor

Dr. Joshua Krasna is a senior researcher, writer and university lecturer. He retired in 2017 after 30 years of government service in Israel, including as a strategic planner, senior Middle East and strategic analyst, manager of government analytical teams, and diplomat. He was assigned as counselor at the Israeli embassy in Ottawa, followed by being appointed an instructor and team leader at the Israel National Defence College. Dr. Krasna is now a Research Fellow at the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies at Tel Aviv University, a Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the New York University Center for Global Affairs. He writes widely on Middle East strategic and political issues.



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S00122302AIntelligence in Strategy and National Security Policymaking2/7/20232/28/2023WinterOnlineRegister to Event
S00122304AIntelligence in Strategy and National Security Policymaking4/25/20234/26/2023SummerIn PersonRegister to Event