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NEWPORT, R.I. - Dr. Thomas G. Mahnken has been selected to fill the Captain Jerome E. Levy Chair of Economic Geography and National Security at the Naval War College (NWC) effective July 1.
 
He will succeed Dean of Academic Affairs John Garofano, who has been holder of the Chair since 2006. During his three-year program, Mahnken plans to further the college’s understanding of the interaction between economics, geography, security, and strategy in today’s political world.
 
 “My particular emphasis will center on Asia and the Pacific and how changes in the region could affect U.S. geopolitical interests over the long term,” Mahnken said. “I also see this as a great opportunity to stimulate additional research and collaboration among faculty and students.”
 
NEWPORT, R.I. (June 16, 2010) Dr. Thomas G. Mahnken will use the Levy Chair to examine the geopolitical and economic challenges facing the United States. (Photo by David Reese)Mahnken plans to use the program’s funds and resources to help generate this increased participation by developing professional workshops and conferences and inviting guest speakers for topic-driven lectures of opportunity. The program could also fund professional journal articles, papers and books related to the topic.
 
“I want to expose the faculty and students to new voices and new views regarding Asia,” Mahnken said. “I believe it’s essential to heighten the awareness on how shifts in economic power and shifts in political power may affect the U.S. in the future.”
 
The Levy Chair, established in 1997, is one of four Chairs funded by the NWC Foundation. Professor Ahmed Hashim is the John Nicholas Brown Chair of Counter-Terrorism, Professor Derek S. Reveron is the EMC Corporation Chair of Information Technology and Professor Richmond M. Lloyd is the William B. Ruger National Security Economics Chair.
 
The Levy Chair is named after Captain Jerome E. Levy, USNR (ret.), who served in the Navy during World War II and the Korean War. He was promoted to captain in the Naval Reserves in 1967. A prominent businessman, Levy was a supporter of the Naval War College and was a trustee of the NWC Foundation. He died in 2002.
 
Mahnken joined the faculty of the Strategy and Policy Department at NWC in 1997. Between 2006 and 2009, he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Policy Planning in the Department of Defense.
 
He earned his master’s degree and doctorate in international affairs from The Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies. Mahnken is also a Visiting Scholar at The Johns Hopkins University’s Merrill Center for Strategic Studies.

By David Reese, Naval War College Public Affairs