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Academic Requirements Prior Arrival

Inter-American Defense College

The Inter-American Defense College (IADC), located on Fort Lesley J. McNair, was formally opened on 9 October 1962 when the Honorable Dean Rusk, then Secretary of State of the United States, presented the building and furnishings donated by the United States Government.

Academic Requirements (MANDATORY FOR STUDENTS)

 

It is very important to complete the assigned readings below prior to first day of instruction. They will enable you to understand the expectations of the academic work at the IADC, enrich your knowledge of the topics, and allow you to understand the expected writing standards. This will be an invaluable companion throughout the course.

 

All documents are available on IADCMoodle.org (See Appendix B).

 

1. College Documents to Review:

a. College Catalog and Student Handbook: Provides an overview of the Academic Program and its requirements.

b. IADC Student Guide to Writing: Chapter 1 is required, although reading this document in its entirety is recommended. This document reviews the types of papers that Students must complete at the IADC and provides basic guidelines for writing and researching.

 

2. Prerequisite Readings:

a. David S. Pion-Berlin, “Political Management of the Military in Latin America,” Military Review (January-February 2005). This text explores the characteristics of effective civilian control over the military and the implications in the relations between the military and political leaders in Latin America.

b. Selected chapters of the Red de Seguridad y Defensa de Latinoamérica (Security and Defense Network of Latin America, RESDAL) Atlas 2010 and 2012. These chapters review the current state of affairs of regional security and defense policies in relation to and as implied by the management of the roles and mission of the armed forces.

i. Francisco Rojas Aravena, " Latin America and the Caribbean: Rhetorical Progress and No Binding Agreements,” A Comparative Atlas of Defense in Latin America and Caribbean, eds. Marcela Donadio and Maria de la Paz Tibiletti (Buenos Aires: RESDAL, 2010), 12-14.

ii. Hal Klepak, “Defense and Cooperation in the Hemisphere: Today’s Puzzling Scenario,” A Comparative Atlas of Defense in Latin America and Caribbean, eds. Marcela Donadio and Maria de la Paz Tibiletti (Buenos Aires: RESDAL, 2010), 15-18.

iii. Juan Rial, "The Ministries of Defense and the Political Power,” A Comparative Atlas of Defense in Latin America and Caribbean, eds. Marcela Donadio and Maria de la Paz Tibiletti (Buenos Aires: RESDAL, 2010), 48-50.

iv. Héctor Saint-Pierre, “Fundamentals to Approach the Distinction Between ‘Defense’ and ‘Security,’” A Comparative Atlas of Defense in Latin America and Caribbean, eds. Marcela Donadio and Maria de la Paz Tibiletti (Buenos Aires: RESDAL, 2012), 42-3.

 

Academic Background

 

All military and civilian Students must upload to IADCMoodle.org certified copies of their post-secondary transcripts and diplomas (Bachelor Degree, Master Degree, Doctoral Studies, Command and Staff College Diploma) that certify their knowledge and skills. These should be uploaded in their original language with an unofficial literal translation into English, if applicable. However, you WILL be required to show the originals for validation upon arrival.

 

These documents are required for admittance, to expedite your registration, and to enroll at the College´s partner academic institutions, if applicable.

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