The Naval War College Greater Middle East studies program offers multiple courses that span the regions’ topographical as well as human geography to address the cultural, religious and ethnic landscape of the many diverse nation-states that span the region.
Collectively, the Greater Middle East studies program emphasizes ethnic-based insurgent warfare, patterns of terrorism, Weapons of Mass Destruction proliferation challenges through various levels of analysis. Additionally, the program of studies considers the post-conflict challenges of liberalization and potential for democratization, alongside various modes of state-building and governance.
With this academic exposure and insight developed over a course of study, students are able to better comprehend the core issues as well as the nuances of this vast and complex region, and continue to develop their expertise in the national interests and military capabilities of major states in the region, U.S. interests and the convergence as well as potential collision of varied interpretations and perceptions.
This in turn enables students to proceed to future assignments of greater complexity and responsibility, to consider complex challenges, recommend policies and potential course of action, as well as consider the impact and future of forward basing.
Professor Sexton began teaching for the College of Distance Education after her military career and her final military assignment as a military professor. She teaches the Theater Security Decision Making Web-Enabled Course online and develops new Competency-Based Influenced curriculum. She manages the actions of ten web adjunct professors, including the scheduling and execution of their contracts and their professional development through a faculty website. In addition, she teaches Leadership Concepts sub-course to the Fleet Seminar Program students. Professor Sexton also teaches modules in the CDROM-Based Course. Finally, she adapts curriculum for CDE students.
Professor Charbonneau is a professor of National Security Affairs (NSA) currently teaching Policy Analysis in the College of Distance Education. He joined the NSA resident faculty in 2009 and taught Security Strategies, with a focus on Central Command, national security strategies and the Middle East. He retired from the United States Air Force in 2012. He supported the Office of Security Cooperation-Iraq from 2012 to 2013 as the Raytheon Team Lead for PME and as a Senior Advisor to the Iraqi National Security Advisor’s Al Nahrain Center for Strategic Studies, working closely with OSC-I leadership, Iraqi senior leaders, UN Development Programme personnel, and the U.S. Embassy in Iraq.