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Professor Paul Povlock, Joint Military Operations Department, recently conducted a seminar presentation for the United States Naval Academy's Capstone course on Maritime Security on the maritime aspects of the Sri Lankan Civil War.  A lunchtime presentation was also conducted for other interested officers and  midshipmen.  The presentations were based on previous research conducted in support of the Naval War College’s continued investigation of contemporary naval operations.  A recent trip to Sri Lanka under the aegis of the NWC's Center on Irregular Warfare and Armed Groups (CIWAG) provided additional insight on the course of the conflict and the methods the Sri Lankan armed forces used to defeat the insurgent forces on land and at sea.  This information helps inform the department's faculty and assist in the development of future curriculum.  The opportunity to share the current analysis and lessons learned regarding recent maritime warfare and security issues with the future junior leaders of the U.S. Navy and Marines strengthens the relationship between the Navy's premier educational institutions.

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The Asia-Pacific Studies Group, chaired by Professor Terence Roehrig, is cosponsoring a speaker series on East Asia where students and faculty are speaking at the Brown University’s Watson Institute.  The first event took place on Feb. 16 with Naval War College student, Col. Randy Lawrence, speaking on "The Future of U.S.-China Relations: Cooperation or Competition?" Two more events are currently scheduled for March 1 and March 15 on the U.S. Navy's relief effort following the earthquake in Japan, and the leadership transition in North Korea, respectively.

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Professor Dennis Mandsager, International Law Department, participated in the meeting of the International Institute of Humanitarian Law (IIHL) Council (board of directors) in Geneva, on Jan. 28. The Institute offers operational law courses to over a thousand military attorneys and operators from around the world annually. Since 2003 the Naval War College has provided faculty for the Institute as part of its international engagement program. Further information on IIHL is available at http://www.iihl.org/.

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Read the latest faculty articles and quotes at “NWC in the Headlines” on the college’s website at http://www.usnwc.edu/InTheHeadlines

Submit items for Faculty News Notes to pao@usnwc.edu.

From NWC Public Affairs
Posted by Cmdr. Carla M. McCarthy