SEST-666 Risk and Innovation at the Intersection of Financial Markets, Commercial Enterprise, and International Security
Fall for 2017-2018
This course explores significant geo-political and international economic events of the early 21st century, and the evolution of commercial enterprise and the financial markets amidst this dynamic security environment. Central to this exploration will be an analysis of 1) the implications to sovereigns and commercial entities related to ongoing and persistent economic vulnerabilities and specific international security threats, 2) the effectiveness of various policy prescriptions to address these risks including the use of economic and financial tools to address national security threats, and 3) how global businesses, capital markets participants and governments must collaboratively manage a more comprehensive “risk paradigm,” including by stimulating social enterprise—leveraging the tools and constructs of commercial enterprise and financial markets to address social goals. Through specific examples in a series of topic areas, this course will investigate the nature and development of capital markets across emerging and developed economies, with a particular focus on areas embroiled in conflict in a post 9/11, 2001 environment, into the vulnerabilities to international security stemming from the financial and credit crisis, and finally how a concerted development and “impact” orientation by commercial enterprise and financial market participants directly address our collective national security. These issues will be discussed in the context of state-based vs private sector interests and influences, the development and use of economic and financial statecraft, and the diverse nature of emerging and developed markets’ financial technologies. In addition, the course will study how the relationship between commercial and financial entities with sovereign and institutional policy makers continue to evolve to address this new “risk paradigm” to protect global financial/economic integrity, enhance commercial resiliency, address our most pressing development challenges, and sustain geo-political spheres of influence.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None

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