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2012-2013 Events & Activities

For a complete look at our events from 2012-2013 click here for our End of Year report.

The Von der Heyden Fellows Program Endowed Lecture Series

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“An Evening with the Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter” (November 29, 2012)

Ashton B. Carter is the Deputy Secretary of Defense. Prior to his appointment to this post he served as the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics.





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“American Grand Strategy in Times of Fiscal Constraint” – A moderated discussion with Michéle Flournoy (September 27, 2012)

Michéle Flournoy served as Undersecretary of Defense for Policy under President Barack Obama from 2009-2012. Prior to her appointment Flournoy served in the Clinton administration and founded the Center for a New American Security.


Other Lectures & Events


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“America 2012: Challenges and Opportunities Abroad” – A moderated discussion with Governor Jon Huntsman (Sponsored by the Sanford School of Public Policy as part of the Terry Sanford Lecture Series; September 10, 2012)

Governor Jon Huntsman served as the U.S. Ambassador to China from 2009-2011. Before his appointment to the ambassadorship, he was a twice-elected Republican Governor of Utah and ran for the Republican nomination for President in the 2012 election.




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“The Crisis of Zionism” -Peter Beinart (September  20, 2012)

Peter Beinart is the author of The Crisis of Zionism (Times Books, 2012) and editor of the Daily Beast blog, Open Zion, which fosters and open and unafraid conversation about Israel, Palestine and the Jewish future.




Photo credit: Jennifer Boyle

Photo credit: Jennifer Boyle

“Security Studies in a Time of Transition” -Annual ISAC/ISSS Conference hosted by the Triangle Institute for Security Studies with support from the Duke Program in American Grand Strategy (October 4-6, 2012)

Keynote Speakers: Major General H.R. McMaster & Thom Shanker


Major General H.R. McMaster is the Commanding General at the U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excellent at Fort Benning, Georgia. Prior to assuming command of MCoE he served as Commander of the Combined Joint Inter-agency Task Force Shafafiyat (Transparency) in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Thom Shanker is the Pentagon correspondent for the NY Times. He co-authored, with Eric Schmitt, Counterstrike: The Untold Story of America’s Secret Campaign Against Al-Qaida.


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Inaugural Workshop: “Young Turks and Ottoman Sultans in Civil-Military Relations” (October 6-7, 2012)





Student Debate on Foreign Policy – Moderated by Kori Schake and Heather Hurlburt (October 9, 2012)

Students from Professor Peter Feaver’s course on Campaigns were asked to defend the foreign policy platforms of President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney prior to the 2012 election. The debate was moderated by Kori Schake (Research Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institute) and Heather Hurlburt (Executive Director of the National Security Network).

“Retrenchment and/or Renewal: Grand Strategy in Times of Fiscal Constraint” – A Workshop hosted by the Strategic Studies Institute at the Army War College, the Triangle Institute for Security Studies, and the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law. (November 9-10, 2012)

Conference materials will be published by the Strategic Studies Institute at a later date.


“Power and Constraint: The Accountable Presidency After 9-11” – Book Talk by Jack Goldsmith hosted by the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security. (November 14, 2012)

Jack Goldsmith is the Henry L. Shattuck Professor of Law at the Harvard Law School, where he teaches and writes about national security law, foreign relations law, and conflict of laws. Before coming to Harvard, professor Goldsmith served as Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legal Council (2003-2004), and Special Counsel to the Department of Defense (2002-2003).


Annual AGS Career Night – Featuring AGS & Duke Alumni: Eric Lorber, Chelsea Goldstein, Gill Stevens, and Ella Lipin (November 15, 2012)

 2011-2012 Events and Activities