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Professor Mary Raum, National Security Affairs Department, participated in the Ninth Conference on Women in the Military on Oct. 28 in Washington, D.C. Dr. Raum was one of six panelists who spoke on the topic of military culture and the female protagonist in joint professional military education. Additional information on the conference can be found at http://www.4militarywomen.org/wim11Main.htm.
 
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On Nov. 4, Professor John R. Schindler, National Security Affairs Department, presented a paper on "Understanding the Threat of Al-Qa'ida in the Islamic Maghreb" at the 4th Annual Conference of the Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa (ASMEA), in Washington, D.C. Dr. Schindler, who is a founding member of ASMEA as well as a widely published expert on terrorism and Al-Qa'ida, offered strategic insights into the threat posed by AQIM to security in North Africa and the Mediterranean region, particularly in light of recent developments such as the Arab Spring and the death of Osama bin Laden.
 
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Dr. Martin Cook, Adm. James B. Stockdale Professor of Professional Military Ethics, was the moderator for a guest speaker presentation at the Fort Leavenworth Ethics Symposium titled “The Use and Limits of Military Forces,“ which was presented on Nov. 8 as part of the opening plenary at the 3rd Annual Army Command and Staff College, Ft. Leavenworth. 
 
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MAJ Matt Hover, JA, USA, International Law Department, served as a panelist on a live web seminar for Harvard University's Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research, on Nov. 4. The title of the seminar was "Challenges to the Application of International Humanitarian Law to Afghanistan." He spoke on the U.S. legal position for targeting members of Al Qaeda outside of Afghanistan. The audio and visual of the slide presentation can be found at https://hsphevents.webex.com/hsphevents/lsr.php?AT=pb&SP=EC&rID=4436742&rKey=be56bfe6a86f04a5 and http://www.slideshare.net/hpcr/live-seminar-38-challenges-to-the-application-of-ihl-to-afghanistan.
 
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Professor Mike Schmitt, Chairman of the International Law Department, delivered a series of three lectures at the annual International Institute of Humanitarian Law Targeting Workshop in San Remo, Italy, Oct. 25-29. The course, attended by military officers and ministry of defense legal advisers from around the world, focuses on issues of targeting law that have proved especially problematic in recent operations or are likely to do so in future ones. Professor Schmitt spoke on Aerial Warfare, Cyber Warfare and Targeting Civilians Participating in the Hostilities.   In 2012, he will direct the workshop. The International Law Department has a long-standing relationship with the Institute. In 2012 it will participate in six of its programs. The department is expanding its legal outreach activities and in 2012 will begin a pilot program with the NATO School in Oberammergau, Germany, to offer legal courses.
 
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Professor Mike Schmitt, Chairman of the International Law Department, and Brigadier General (Canada ret'd) Ken Watkin, the Charles H Stockton Professor of International Law, participated in a drafting session for the Manual on International Law Applicable in Cyber Warfare from Oct. 31 to Nov. 6 in Tallinn, Estonia. The effort, sponsored by the NATO Cyber Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence, is a three-year project bringing together distinguished international academics and practitioners to exam how international law applies to cyber operations. U.S. Cyber Command, Allied Command Transformation and the International Committee of the Red Cross are participating as observers of the process, which will result in a publication by Cambridge University Press in late 2012. Professor Schmitt is serving as its director.
 
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Dr. Allen C. Benson joined the Naval War College as Library Director on Nov. 7. Dr. Benson came from Pittsburgh, where he recently completed his PhD in Information Science at University of Pittsburgh. Prior to his PhD studies, Benson was the Director of Library Services at Washington & Jefferson College in Washington, Pennsylvania. He has held several other library director positions including at Arkansas State University Mountain Home, Saline County Library and Searcy County Library. Among his recent publications is "OntoPhoto and the Role of Ontology in Organization Knowledge" (2011).
 
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Professor Nan Li, China Maritime Studies Institute, presented a paper entitled “Top Leaders and the PLA: The Different Styles of Jiang, Hu, and Xi” at the Council of Advanced Studies (CAPS) – Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (CEIP) – Rand – US National Defense University (USNDU) Conference on “PLA’S Role in National Security Decision Making,” held in Taipei, Nov. 3-5.  He also presented a paper entitled “Understanding China’s Military Strategy” at the CAPS-ICCS (Institute of Chinese Communist Studies) Conference on “PLA in the Next decade,” in Taipei, Oct. 31-Nov. 1.
 
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