Recommended Resources for Understanding Narrative
Harvard Kennedy School, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
This project includes links to readings, bibliography, and syllabi for courses dealing with applied history. Many of the professors who provided the syllabi are among the best minds dealing with international relations and security challenges. Simply an excellent source of material for serious study into the context of current issues.
An excerpt from their manifesto.
“Applied history is the explicit attempt to illuminate current challenges and choices by analyzing historical precedents and analogues. Mainstream historians begin with a past event or era and attempt to provide an account of what happened and why. Applied historians begin with a current choice or predicament and attempt to analyze the historical record to provide perspective, stimulate imagination, find clues about what is likely to happen, suggest possible policy interventions, and assess probable consequences. It might be said that applied history is to mainstream history as medical practice is to biochemistry, or engineering to physics. …”
The Strategic Multilayer Assessment is a group of government officials and academics who address issues under the direction of the US Department of Defense Joint Staff. It is somewhat convoluted so I will leave it at that. The group is brilliant and they host numerous presentations on topics ranging from specific to conceptual in the intent to better understand the geopolitical environment and provide information and understanding to answer the questions of senior government and military leaders.
This link allows one to search through the presentations given and, in many cases, access the audio files of presentations. The field is broad so one needs to look through what is available, however, many are worth the time to listen and consider.