Global Public Policy Academic Group

Chairman (Interim)

Robert McNab

Associate Professor

Halligan Hall Room M5


DSN 756-2306

Associate Chair

Frank Barrett


Ingersoll Hall Room 240


DSN 756-2328

Mie Augier, Associate Professor, Ph.D., Copenhagen Business School, 2001.

Frank J. Barrett, Professor, Ph.D., Case Western, 1990.

Walter Christman, Associate Professor, Ph.D., University of Geneva, 2007.

Karen Guttieri, Assistant Professor, Ph.D., University of British Columbia, 1999.

Charles J. LaCivita, Professor and Chair, Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara, 1981.

Robert M. McNab, Associate Professor, Ph.D., Georgia State University, 2001.

Maria Pineda, Visiting Professor (UCLA).

Marc Ventresca, Associate Professor.

Brief Overview

The Global Public Policy Academic Group was established by the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), 1 January 2009, as an inter-disciplinary group to study the national security implications of globalization. The group conducts research and develops research-led educational programs. By broadening the understanding of the forces of globalization and their potential impact on U.S. national security policy, NPS endeavors to not only inform, but to also shape, national policy.

A core competency of NPS is the linking of traditional disciplines to national security and defense applications. NPS faculty provide a wide-range of relevant expertise on leadership, program management, economic development, strategy and planning, cross-cultural communications, conflict resolution, metrics, organizational learning and other relevant subjects. A core mission of the Naval Postgraduate School is to prepare security practitioners for the emerging security environment.

Program Development

In support of the National Security Strategy of the United States, the National Defense Strategy, the National Strategy for Homeland Defense, and the Navy's Maritime Strategy, the GPPAG develops a broad-based, interdisciplinary research program to investigate the interaction of globalization and national security. Initially, the GPPAG focuses on these key areas in the globalization and national security area: energy security, global governance and development, critical defense technologies, and terrorism.

The GPPAG also develops curricula for Master's and PhD level degrees in Global Public Policy. The GPPAG will integrate on-going efforts to provide certificate and Master's degree programs now resident in the Cebrowski Institute Security and Global Environment program with talent resident on campus.

Certificate in Stability, Security and Development in Complex Operations - Curriculum 210

Program Manager

Robert McNab, Ph.D.

Halligan Hall Room 233


Brief Overview

The purpose of the program is to provide a professional education program to the civil affairs community focusing on the relevant, requisite skills identified by the Department of Defense, as necessary for implementing Irregular Warfare, on a global scale. NPS faculty have studied post-9/11 shifts in operational environments and adaptations in the various CA doctrines, force structure, training and deployments. This program develops a conceptual framework for analyzing key civil affairs and psychological operations and provides graduate level education to participants in order to enhance their effectiveness as they plan and execute complex operations. The program aims to capture civil affairs and psychological operations operational and tactical innovations, and resulting lessons.

Requirements for Entry

A baccalaureate degree with above-average grades is desired. An academic profile code of 365 is required.

Program Length

One Quarter

Graduate Certificate Requirements

Requirements for the Certificate in Stability, Security, and Development in Complex Operations are met by successful completion of all three courses. 

Program Phases

The Security, Stability and Development in Complex Operations (SSDCO) Certificate Program consists of three courses delivered in hybrid residence status.

Phase one of the certificate involves distance learning over a three to four week period.

Phase two entail four weeks of intensive in-residence coursework.

Phase three of the certificate includes three to four weeks of distance learning to complete required coursework for course grade (as opposed to a pass/fail).

The program content and projects challenges the student academically and addresses problems of interest to the DoD with specific emphasis on the challenges of civil-military relations and human dynamics.

Required Courses



Global Change and International Governance



Security and Development



Introduction to Analytic Methods

Certificate in Civil Military Operations and the Rule of Law (Res & DL) - Curriculum 215

Program Manager

Karen Guttieri, Ph.D.

Quarters C Building 281

Brief Overview

Well-functioning justice institutions and government bound by the rule of law are vital to security and development. America’s interest in the rule of law abroad is expressed in the 2010 US National Security Strategy, calling for the US to "improve its capability to strengthen the security of states at risk of conflict and violence," including internal, external, and regional security, "respect for human rights and the rule of law" and "administrative and oversight capability of civilian security sector institutions, and the effectiveness of criminal justice." The 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review calls Civil Affairs "the vanguard" of Defense Department support to US government agency assistance to partner nations in the rule of law.

The goal of this certificate program is to provide Civil Affairs, Psychological Operations, and related rule of law practitioners with the knowledge and skills needed in order to provide effective support to rule of law missions in a variety of operational environments, from conflict prevention to post-conflict stabilization.  The three courses comprising the program are integrated in order to educate students on the rule of law at all levels, including international conventions, national and regional rule of law systems, and local governance and traditional rule of law mechanisms. 

Civil Military Operations and the Rule of Law is a graduate certificate that complements the NPS program Stability, Security and Development in Complex Operations (SSDCO). These hybrid distributed/in-residence program are particularly tailored to the needs of Reserve personnel.

Requirements for Entry

Applicants for the CMO and Rule of Law program must have an earned bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited academic institution, and in the absence of a waiver, the NPS certificate in Stability, Security and Development in Complex Operations (SSDCO). While GPPAG will accept applications from virtually all undergraduate major fields, admissions decisions will primarily be based on adequate performance in social science and humanities classes. The program is sponsored by the United States Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command.  We welcome related rule of law practitioners on a space-available basis.

Program Length

One Quarter

Graduate Certificate Requirements

Requirements for the Certificate in Civil Military Operations and the Rule of Law are met by successful completion of all three courses.

Program Phases

Distributed learning: July 16-Sept. 9

In-residence: Sept. 10-21

Required Courses



Legitimacy, Law and Society



Comparative Legal Systems



Public Order and Accountability

Note: Courses are taken concurrently.

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GP3100 Global Change and International Governance (4-0) Winter/Summer

This course addresses principles that drive globalization and how and where the military and civilians address the civil dimension in pre-conflict, conflict, and post-conflict environments. Theories of regional economic development, location and trade are applied to the contemporary process known as "globalization" and used to decipher its effects on regional and national patterns of development, employment, income distribution, political institutions, and policymaking. Specific topics of discussion are: globalization and the production of risks, climate and environmental change, division of labor, power and governance, regional and international development, risks as drivers of change, financial and information flows, and capitalism and globalization.

GP3110 Legitimacy, Law, and Society (4-0) Fall/Winter/Spring/Summer

This course investigates the role of legitimacy in governance systems, including the rules, norms and social processes that shape and legitimate political order. We address the legality of war (jus ad bellum) in so far as it

affects the legitimacy of political orders that follow it. The focus in this course is upon the rules that apply in the midst of war or occupation (jus in bello)and the processes of transition through interim to more durable regimes after conflict. We will consider the institutional and social context for governance, including the role of social movements and media in the development of legitimate political order under rule of law. The class will draw upon case studies of real-world scenarios. The discussion of legal issues in this course is part of a broader conversation on reconciliation and the rule of law. Significant actors in this space include the United Nations and other international regimes, civil society, national-level public officials, and the military. Students will learn about legal definitions, frameworks, and international assistance efforts. Prerequisites: none.

GP3200 Security and Development (4-0) Winter/Summer

Complex security challenges including state failure, transnational terrorism, energy crisis and pandemics compel us to think about prevention and stability operations in new ways. The course seeks to develop analytic skills and empirical knowledge needed to assess requirements and capacities for stability, security and development, and to develop strategies for peace building. Students will gain expertise relevant to preventive engagement and counterinsurgency, and especially to civil-military operations such as humanitarian relief, peace and stability operations abroad and homeland security efforts at home. Specific areas of concentration are: stability in the global context, theories and strategies, implementation challenges, and practical applications.

GP3210 Comparative Legal Systems (4-0) Fall/Winter/Spring/Summer

Comparative law is the study of alternative legal systems. In the context of Civil Military Operations knowledge of the legal traditions of the host country is necessary to the process of helping to reestablish or support a culture of lawfulness. An understanding of host country legal traditions and resources contributes to the cultural competence of successful graduates and an ability to support rule of law systems that are perceived as fair and acceptable to the host country population. Today, the issues of how systems and institutions interact with legitimacy and perceptions are critical for Civil Affairs policy and work in the field. The Rule of Law certificate underscores this with the substantive contents in the two other courses. The Comparative Legal Systems course engages your knowledge and learning from those courses through the focused look at legal traditions on the books and in practice in different countries. To reinforce the link between theory and application, this course also introduces principles and precepts of dispute resolution and organizational design, to provide context for the analysis of comparative legal systems and recognition of challenges and opportunities Civil Affairs practitioners will face. This further content addresses the cultural competence of graduates and leverages their prior knowledge of organizational and institutional design – emphasizing the importance of institutional and well as individual ‘capacity’ to work within different legal system contexts.

GP3300 Introduction to Analytic Methods (4-0) Winter/Summer

GP3300 focuses on the use of analytical decision making techniques in the support of stability operations. The first part of the course focuses on the framework for analytical decision-making and accurate costing of projects. The second part of the course discusses multi-objective decision-making. In the final part of the course, we will discuss risk and the economics of stability operations.

GP3310 Public Order and Accountability (4-0) Fall/Winter/Spring/Summer

This course surveys the role of and need for legal institutions to provide the physical security necessary for reconstructing society as well as rebuilding/creating state legitimacy. The concept of justice is central to this process, as is creating a robust and fair justice sector. Most practitioners have come to realize that it is impossible to address the problems arising from conflict without addressing the interrelationships between security, development and politics. We examine these with an eye to the practical applications for the Civil Affairs community. We will discuss the challenge of operationalizing legal concepts and norms, and introducing Rule of Law into countries that have no prior concept of the role of legal and security institutions as protectors of and servants to the people, and courts as neutral arbitrators of the law. The class will tackle the subjects of torture, truth and reconciliations structures, the Geneva Protocols, and war crimes, as well as the role of civilian policing in conflict zones. We will also tackle the issue of privatizing roles and functions in conflict areas, and the problems of corruption and organized crime. The class will draw upon case studies of real-world scenarios from Nuremberg, Abu Gharaf, Guantanamo, and South Africa. We will discuss the key actors involved in the Rule of law process: NGOs, the United Nations, the State Department, NATO, and regional organizations.

GP4800 Directed Studies in Global Public Policy (V-V) Fall/Winter/Spring/Summer

Format and content vary. Normally involves extensive assigned readings, individual discussions with the instructor, papers and/or examinations. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.