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From U.S. Naval War College Public Affairs
Sept. 21, 2012

Professors Lyle Goldstein and Terence Roehrig each have a separate chapter in a CNA Maritime Asia Project report for an August 2012 workshop on “Naval Developments in Asia.”  Roehrig’s article addressed “Republic of Korea Navy and China’s Rise: Balancing Competing Priorities,” and Goldstein’s provided a look at “Chinese Views on Naval Developments by its Near Neighbors: Two Case Studies.”  The entire report is available at http://www.cna.org/research/2012/maritime-asia-project-workshop-two-naval.

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Army Col. Robert M. Cassidy, Joint Military Operations Department, and a Senior Fellow at the Center for Advanced Defense Studies, delivered a talk at the Wichita Committee on Foreign Relations on Sept. 11.  The topic was the opportunities and risks associated with the campaign in Afghanistan vis-à-vis the strategic risks stemming from the sanctuaries in Pakistan.  The Wichita Committee on Foreign Relations is dedicated to advancing public dialogue on foreign relations.  Dr. Cassidy discussed insights at the strategic and operational levels of the war from his studies and experience in Afghanistan.  Cassidy also shared some insight from his most recent book:  War, Will, and Warlords: Counterinsurgency in Afghanistan and Pakistan, 2001-2011 (Marine Corps University Press, April 2012).
 
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Professors Tom Mahnken, Montgomery McFate and Sarah Sewall served on panels at the OSD Minerva Meeting, Sept 13-14. The Minerva Research Initiative, initiated by former Secretary Gates in 2009 and now supported by Secretary Leon Panetta, seeks to build deeper understanding of the social, cultural, and political dynamics that shape regions of strategic interest around the world. Research summaries and meeting information is available online at http://minerva.dtic.mil/resources.html.

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Professor Andrew S. Erickson’s article “China’s Modernization of Its Naval and Air Power Capabilities” will be published in the forthcoming Strategic Asia 2012-13: China’s Military Challenge, in which leading experts assess and forecast the impact of China’s growing military capabilities. The book will be available in October from the National Bureau of Asian Research.  Erickson will participate in a panel discussion at the book’s launch on Oct. 3.
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Professor James Kraska, International Law Department, gave a presentation on development of Arctic law and policy at an event on the “Future of the High North and the Challenges for Maritime Governance,” Sept. 13-14. The interdisciplinary conference was hosted by the University of Hull in the United Kingdom and featured senior scientists, economists, defense officials, and diplomats representing all eight Arctic nations. Famed polar explorer Pen Hadow opened and closed the conference. Kraska’s presentation focused on U.S. national security interests in the Arctic and the associated legal regimes of Arctic governance. Kraska serves as the Howard S. Levie Chair in Operational Law at NWC.

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Dr. Sarah B. Sewall, Minerva Chair, joined CNA’s Board of Trustees Sept. 20. Sewall, a lecturer in public policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School, is founder and faculty director of the Mass Atrocity Response Operations (MARO) Project and serves on the Secretary of Defense’s Defense Policy Board. Throughout 2012, she is serving as visiting Minerva Chair at the U.S. Naval War College. In 2010, she led a seminal study for the U.S. military on efforts to reduce civilian casualties, and, in 2008, directed the National Security Agency Review process for the Obama transition. During the Clinton Administration, Sewall served as the first Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Peacekeeping and Humanitarian Assistance, and from 1983-1996, was senior foreign policy advisor to Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell. She graduated from Harvard College and received her doctorate from Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar. (From CNA)

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Professor Toshi Yoshihara, John A. van Beuren Chair of Asia-Pacific Studies, spoke on the future of Chinese seapower for a Sept. 18 Rosenberg Lecture, sponsored by the Rosenberg Institute for East Asian Studies at Suffolk University, Boston.

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Posted by Cmdr. Carla M. McCarthy