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From U.S. Naval War College Public Affairs
pao@usnwc.edu
April 26, 2013

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Professor Dennis Mandsager, International Law, recently returned from Sanremo, Italy where he participated in a meeting of the International Institute of Humanitarian Law's (IIHL) Training Advisory Group (TAG). The International Institute of Humanitarian Law is an independent, non-profit humanitarian organization located in Sanremo. The main purpose of the Institute is to promote international humanitarian law, human rights, refugee law and related issues. NWC has a longstanding memorandum of understanding with IIHL under which it provides faculty for selected advanced IIHL courses involving naval warfare and rules of engagement. The TAG is composed of 15 officers from a dozen nations. It meets annually and advises IIHL regarding types of courses and course content. Mandsager also participated in an IIHL Council (Board of Directors) meeting and is pictured with Professor Fausto Pocar, President of the IIHL Council and a judge on the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). Former Stockton Professor of International Law, Yoram Dinstein, and the current Stockton Professor at the Naval War College, Wolff Heintschel von Heinegg, also serve on the Council.

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Professor Terence Roehrig, National Security Affairs, participated in a panel on South Korea’s Rise at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s conference on “South Korea’s Rise in the Era of Globalization: Power, Economic Development and Foreign Relations,” on April 23.

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The College of Operational and Strategic Leadership’s (COSL) Assist and Assess Team (AAT) conducted a Tailored Assist Visit in support of Commander, U.S. Third Fleet (C3F) annual Warfighter Preparation Week in San Diego, April 16-20. The team consisted of Cmdr. John Sullivan, Cmdr. Sean Loofbourrow, Lt. Cmdr. Brian Sims and Mr. Tom Heaney. The week contributes to preparations leading up to the July 21-27 Exercise TALISMAN SABER 13. The visit spanned five days focusing on educating both active and reserve personnel at the operational level of war. It included multiple briefs covering the operational functions and a short planning exercise. Daily attendance ranged from 90 to 230 personnel. Of note, reserve personnel for the Warfighter Preparation Week consisted of members from C3F, C4F, C6F, C7F and several other local commands to maximize resources and increase cross-fleet coordination.

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Lt. Cmdr. James Farrant, International Law's UK Royal Navy exchange officer, visited the Naval Small Craft Instruction and Technical Training School in Stennis, Miss., where he taught law of the sea and maritime operations on the "Strategic Level Small Craft Combating Terrorism" course on April 11.  The course included representatives from Bangladesh, Belize, Cambodia, Gambia, Georgia, India, Malaysia, Mauritius, Pakistan, Philippines, Seychelles and Uganda.

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Military professor Cmdr. James Kraska, Howard Howard S. Levie Chair of International Law, participated in a panel event on the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy on April 12.

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Professor Thomas G. Mahnken, Jerome E. Levy Chair of Economic Geography and National Security, co-sponsored the workshop “Not Peace but a Sword: Arms Races in International Politics from the Nineteenth to the Twenty-First Centuries” in London, England, April 11-13.

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Military professor Col. Robert M. Cassidy, Ph.D., U.S. Army, Joint Military Operations, gave a talk to cadets and faculty from the Massachusetts Bay State ROTC Battalion at Worcester Polytechnic Institute on April 11.  The discussion focused on the war against al Qaeda and its associated movements and the talk included observations of the war in Afghanistan, the war in Pakistan, and the strategic impediments stemming from the sanctuaries in Pakistan.  As part of the talk, Colonel Cassidy shared some insights from his 2012 book, War, Will, and Warlords: Counterinsurgency in Afghanistan and Pakistan, 2001-2011, published by the Marine Corps University Press.  

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Professor John Schindler, National Security Affairs, addressed the United Nations General Assembly in New York on April 10 on the subject of reconciliation after international war crimes trials. Schindler, who was invited to participate by UNGA President H.E. Vuk Jeremic, chaired a panel comprised of academics and practitioners from five countries, discussing reconciliation after the Balkan wars of the 1990s. Schindler added his own perspectives based on his scholarship on Southeastern Europe, plus personal experiences based on his participation the hunt for suspected war criminals in Bosnia. The April 10 thematic debate was the most attended and active event of its kind in the history of the United Nations, with 82 countries attending and more than 40 asking to speak.

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Professor Lyle Goldstein, China Maritime Studies Institute, spoke on the topic “Unpacking the Taiwan Strait Conflict” at Brown University’s Watson Institute on April 8.

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Professor Hayat Alvi, National Security Affairs, attended the International Studies Association Annual Convention, April 3-6, in San Francisco, where she chaired, served as a discussant on several panels, and presented a paper, titled "The Diffusion of Intra-Islamic Violence and Terrorism: The Impact of the Proliferation of Salafi/Wahhabi Ideologies."

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Military professor Capt. Roy Petty, Joint Military Operations, presented a two-day course on Cyber Operations at the Indian Naval War College in Goa, India, March 25-26.  The course highlighted the integration of cyber operations in Joint Planning.  The class included two Naval War College alumni, Rear Adm. R. Hari Kumar, Naval Staff College, and Capt. Praveen Nair, Naval Command College 2012.

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Professor Stephen Knott, National Security Affairs, recently interviewed members of President George W. Bush's legislative liaison team for the George W. Bush Oral History Project at the University of Virginia. The Bush oral history project is a joint endeavor of the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia and the George W. Bush Presidential Library.

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Professor Andrea Dew, Strategy and Policy and co-director of the Center on Irregular Warfare and Armed Groups, gave the opening lecture on "The Strategic Logic of Terror" for the course “Legal Aspects of Combating Terrorism“ at the Defense Institute of International Legal Studies at Naval Station Newport on March 18. Thirty senior international and U.S. students participated in the three-week course, which focuses on combating terrorism within the rule of law, emphasizing interagency cooperation.

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Professor Shawn Burns, War Gaming, successfully defended his dissertation and earned his Doctor of Education, Ed.D., from Johnson & Wales University.  Burns also presented his dissertation, "Leading Change Through Professional Development: An Exploration of a New Faculty Orientation Program," at the New England Educational Research Organization (NEERO) Annual Conference in Portsmouth, R.I.

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