Events of Academic Year 2015-2016

Fall 2015

“Obama’s Grand Strategy Midway Through the Fourth Quarter”

  • Derek Chollet, Counselor and Senior Advisor for Security and Defense Policy at The German Marshall Fund
  • September 1, 2015

“ISIS: Terrorism at Home and Abroad”

  • Jessica Stern, Expert and Academic Scholar of Terrorism Studies, co-author of ISIS: The State of Terror 
  • September 10, 2015

“The China Challenge: Shaping the Choices of a Rising Power”

  • Thomas, Christensen, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs
  • September 24, 2015

Mel Middleton, Executive Director of Freedom Quest International

  • Visit to Peter Feaver’s Ethics & International Relations Class
  • September 30, 2015

“U.S. Military Response in Today’s Middle East”

  • General John Abizaid (U.S. Army – Retired)
  • October 20, 2015

“American Foreign Policy in a New Era of Geopolitical Competition”

  • Walter Russell Mead, Distinguished Fellow at the Hudson Institute
  • October 26, 2015

“Putin vs. Obama: Are We in a Second Cold War?”

  • Ambassador Jack Matlock, former U.S. Ambassador to the Soviet Union
  • Ambassador Aldona Wos, former U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Estonia
  • November 2, 2015

National Security & AGS Alumni Career Panel, Featuring Chelsea Goldstein, Ryan Boone and Will Giles

  • November 4, 2015

“One Crisis After Another: The Middle East Today”

  • Ambassador Robert Jordan, former U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia
  • November 12, 2015

“Advising President Obama During Turbulent Times”

  • Tom Donilon, former National Security Advisor to President Barack Obama
  • Part of the Ambassador Dave and Kay Phillips Family International Lectureship
  • November 19, 2015

Spring 2016

“An Obama Scorecard: Cyber, Nuclear Proliferation and Geopolitical Instability”

  • David Sanger, Chief Washington Correspondent for The New York Times
  • January 21, 2016

Scooter Libby, Former Chief of Staff to Vice President Dick Cheney

  • Class Visits and Private Dinner
  • January 27, 2016

“Negotiating Change: The Inside Story Behind the Iran Nuclear Deal”

  • Wendy Sherman, Former Undersecretary for Political Affairs U.S. Department of State
  • Ambassador Dave and Kay Phillips Family International Lectureship
  • February 4, 2016

“The Unfree Exercise of Religion”

  • Jonathon Fox, Author and Professor in Political Studies at Bar Ilan University, Israel
  • February 9, 2016

Women in National Security Panel

  • Deborah James, Secretary of the United States Air Force
  • Sue Gordon, Deputy Director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
  • February 18, 2016

Office Hours with Jon Rosenwasser

  • Jon Rosenwasser, Minority Budget Director of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
  • March 3, 2016

“The Geopolitics of the New Energy Landscape”

  • Meghan O’Sullivan, Former Special Assistant to President George W. Bush and Former Deputy National Security Advisor for Iraq and Afghanistan
  • March 3, 2016

“A 21st Century State: Anything is Possible”

  • Prime Minister of Estonia, Taavi Rõivas
  • March 23, 2016

“U.S.-Iraqi Relations in the Age of Daesh/ISIL”

  • Lukman Faily, Iraqi Ambassador to the United States
  • March 31, 2016

Student Lunch with Valerie Hudson

  • Valerie Hudson, Professor and George H.W. Bush Chair in the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University
  • April 1, 2016

“American Grand Strategy”

  • Ambassador Dave and Kay Phillips Family International Lectureship
  • General (Ret.) Martin Dempsey and White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough
  • April 15, 2016