Events of Academic Year 2014-2015

Fall 2014

“The Evolving Terrorist Threat: What Should Be Done?”

  • Fran Townsend, former chair of the Homeland Security Council for President George W. Bush
  • Ambassador Daniel Benjamin, principal counterterrorism advisor to Sec. of State Clinton
  • September 10, 2014

“The Soviet Decline and Great Power Politics”

  • Marc Trachtenberg, Professor of Political Science at UCLA
  • October 3, 2014

“International Relations and the Election”

  • Professor Peter Feaver and Paul Teller, Chief of Staff to Senator Ted Cruz
  • October 9, 2014

Public Talk with Rick Atkinson

  • Rick Atkinson, author of “The Longest Day”
  • October 15, 2014

Academic Visit to Duke University

  • John Horgan, Director of the Center for Terrorism and Security Studies at UMASS Lowell
  • October 23, 2014

“The Middle East in Turmoil”

  • Bruce Jentleson, Abdeslam Maghraoui, Omid Safi, and David Schanzer
  • October 27, 2014

“Political Reconciliation: An Ethic for Contemporary Global Politics”

  • Daniel Philpott, Professor at the University of Notre Dame
  • October 29, 2014

Public talk with Jim Walsh on Current Nuclear Issues

  • Jim Walsh, Senior Research Associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Security Studies Program (SSP)
  • November 4,  2014

“Ethno-Social Divisions in Ukraine: Consistent, Conflicted, or Created?”

  • Cynthia Buckley, Professor of Sociology at University of Illionois, Urbana-Champaign
  • November 12, 2014

“Price and Perils of Elections in Fragile Democracies: Do They Affect the Political Stability and Development of Nations”

  • Peter Erben, Senior Global Electoral Adviser and Country Director for IFES
  • November 12, 2014

“Continuing Security Challenges in South America and the Caribbean: Drugs, Immigration, Disaster Relief, and More”

  • General Douglas Fraser, Commander United States Southern Command
  • November 19, 2014

US-India Relations: Strategic Partner or Ambivalent Friend

  • Lisa Curtis, Fellow from the Heritage Foundation
  • Professor Jason Kirk, Elon University
  • November 20, 2014

“American Foreign Policy in Challenging Times”

  • Stephen Hadley, former National Security Advisor
  • Ambassador Dave and Kay Phillips Family International Lectureship
  • December 2, 2014

Spring 2015

“President Obama’s ‘Fourth Quarter’ Foreign Policy”

  • Jake Sullivan, U.S. Delegate in Iran Negotiations, former NSA to VP Biden, and former Directory of Policy Planning at the U.S. State Department
  • January 13, 2015

AGS Dinner Series with Ambassador William Eacho

  • Ambassador William Eacho, former US Ambassador to Austria
  • January 22, 2015

Lunch with Students and Faculty

  • Mike Singh, fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy
  • January 26, 2015

“Modern War in Theory and in Practice”

  • Dr. John Nagl, author of “Learning to Eat Soup with a Knife”
  • January 27, 2015

SPC Workshop: Leaders’ Emotion and Preferences for Nuclear Disarmament

  • Jacques Hyman, Associate Professor of International Relations
  • February 6, 2015

Small Group Session with Students and Faculty

  • Admiral Michael Rogers, Commander of U.S. Cyber Command and Director of the NSA
  • February 9, 2015

“Global Trends, Challenges, and Opportunities”

  • LTG (Ret.) Michael Flynn, former Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency
  • February 11, 2015

“The Iraq War: Risk, Failure, and Leadership”

  • LTG (Ret.) Dan Bolger, author of “Why We Lost”
  • March 24, 2015

“Politics, Pundits, and Polarization”

  • Michael Gerson, former presidential speechwriter and current Washington Post opinion writer
  • E.J. Dionne, Washington Post columnist and Brookings Institution Senior Fellow
  • March 31, 2015

A Conversation with Mitt Romney 

  • Mitt Romney, former Governor of Massachusetts
  • Ambassador Dave and Kay Phillips Family International Lectureship
  • April 8, 2015

“Does Strategic Intelligence Matter?”

  • Dr. Richard Betts, Professor at Columbia University
  • April 9, 2015

SPC Workshop: The Political Economy of International Security

  • Stephen Brooks, Professor at Dartmouth College
  • April 10, 2015

“New Tools for Fighting the New Terrorist Threat”

  • Juan Zarate, Senior Adviser at CSIS and former Deputy National Security Advisor on Terrorism
  • April 17, 2015