Professor Joan Johnson-Freese, National Security Affairs Department, served as a judge in the Chinese national round of the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition held at the Renmin University School of Law in Beijing on Feb. 22-26. This is the 10th Jessup competition to be held in China. Students from more than 38 law schools throughout China participated. Other judges included Judge Liu Daqua, Judge of the Appeals Chamber of the UN War Crimes Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, Professor Shinya Murase, Member of the UN International Law Commission, and Judge Shi Jiuyong, recently retired from the UN International Court of Justice. After the conclusion of the moot court competition, Dr. Johnson-Freese presented lectures on space policy to law schools in Beijing, before traveling on the Shanghai and Hong Kong to conduct research on Chinese-Indian space relations.
Professors Ron Ratcliff and Kevin Kelly, National Security Affairs Department, delivered two workshops on “Achieving the Impossible: Leadership Challenges of Mandela & De Klerk in Ending Apartheid in South Africa” at the 24th annual Nobel Peace Prize Forum
in Minneapolis on March 1. Professors Ratcliff and Kelly, who teach leadership to senior U.S. and international officers at the U.S. Naval War College, examined the challenges faced by Nelson Mandela and F.W. de Klerk as they brought their constituents to the negotiating table in order to end apartheid in South Africa… a seemingly impossible task. This study of two Nobel Laureates, working under extreme conditions, informs senior leaders in both the civilian and military who face negotiation challenges today.
The Nobel Peace Prize Forum
is a premier international event designed to inspire peacemaking, broadly defined. As the Norwegian Nobel Institute’s only affiliation outside Norway, the Forum has probed the deep questions of peace and conflict for more than 23 years.
Colonel Robert Cassidy, Joint Military Operations Department, spoke on “Afghanistan and Pakistan: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” to the Wardroom Club at the Boston USCG Station, on Feb. 15. Dr. Cassidy discussed insights at the strategic and operational levels of the war from his service in Afghanistan and from his scholarly work on Pakistan and Afghanistan. His talk explored the regional context and provided a brief historical overview of the last decade of war on both sides of the Durand Line. The essence of the lecture delved into the catalysts for the insurgencies in both Afghanistan and Pakistan. He offered some observations of discernible operational and strategic momentum in terms of the overarching strategy for Pakistan and Afghanistan. His lecture concluded with some candid observations of the strategic risks to success, and risks to long-term stability in South Asia if state support to proxy insurgents and terrorists does not abate.
Professor Cassidy also spoke on the same topic at Harvard’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs Senior Fellows on Feb. 17.