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Professor Nikolas Gvosdev participated in a Center for the National Interest panel that aired on C-SPAN, on August 29.  The topic of the panel was "Opposition to Church and State" in Russia, addressing the actions of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot, which led to sentencing to two years in jail for protesting against President Vladimir Putin in front of a church.  Gvosdev joined Andranik Migranyan, Director of the Institute for Democracy and Cooperation and an informal advisor to the Putin administration, and Center for the National Interest President Dimitri Simes moderated. Click HERE for a summary of the event from the Center for the National Interest.

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Professor Martin L. Cook, Admiral James Bond Stockdale Chair of Professional Military Ethics, will be the commencement speaker for the College of Distance Education graduating class at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif., Thursday, September 13.

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Army Col. Daria P. Wollschlaeger, Deputy Chair, International Law Department, was one of three primary faculty teaching at the Defense Institute of International Legal Studies, Operational Law Course in Bogota, Colombia from August 28-31.   The team was hosted by the School of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law.  She taught classes on internal armed conflict and the law, international terrorist groups and armed conflict and command responsibility.  Underlying much of the discussion was a focus on the relationship between legal advisors and their commanders as they broach these critical subjects.  The course was attended by 48 students among them military officers completing their funded legal education program and military and civilian legal advisors at various level of command.

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Professor Michael Schmitt, Chair, International Law Department, published articles in several publications recently.
  • Iraq (2003 Onwards), in International Law and the Classification of Conflict 356 (Elizabeth Wilmshurst ed., Oxford University Press, 2012).
  • Classification in Future Conflict, in International Law and the Classification of Conflict 455 (Elizabeth Wilmshurst ed., Oxford University Press, 2012).
  • With William Boothby et. al., When is a Cyberattack a Use of Force or Armed Attack, Computer 82 (August 2012).
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Army Maj. Jeff Thurnher and Marine Corps Maj. Tim Kelly, International Law Department, recently graduated from the Joint Targeting School's Collateral Damage Estimation (CDE) course at Naval Air Station Oceana Dam Neck Annex.  At the course, Majors Thurnher and Kelly learned the joint force methodology for estimating the amount of collateral damage caused by preplanned lethal strikes.  They returned to the War College and taught a class on August 31 about the methodology and its relation to fundamental Law of Armed Conflict principles.  The class in McCarty-Little Hall was attended by members of ILD; attorneys from the Naval Justice School, including exchange officer attorneys from the German military and the Mexican Navy; and a law professor from Roger Williams School of Law. 
   
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From U.S. Naval War College Public Affairs