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Col. Robert CassidyNEWPORT, R.I. - Col. Robert Cassidy, a military professor at the U.S. Naval War College and a senior fellow with the Center for Advanced Defense Studies, will discuss Pakistan and its contradictions at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25 in the Young Building as part of the Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy's lecture series.

Cassidy will discuss the strategic rationale for the war in South Asia, with a focus on Pakistan. His talk addresses the difficult regional context and will review Pakistan's strategic goals vis-a-vis Afghanistan and India while highlighting the effects of that rationale on Pakistan's security, and on Afghanistan's stability.

The essence of the presentation will look into the contradictions of Pakistan, its security policies, and the attendant contradictions in America's stated strategy for both Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Cassidy's scholarship and experience focus on irregular warfare and stability operations. He has served as a special assistant to two senior general officers, a special operations strategist, and as a battalion commander.

Cassidy has published a number of articles and is the author of three books on irregular warfare and stability operations. His latest book, "War, Will and Warlords," about Pakistan and Afghanistan, will be published shortly. Cassidy received his Ph.D. from Tufts University's Fletcher School.

A limited number of seats are still available for Cassidy's lecture. For more information, or to reserve a seat, contact the Pell Center at 401-341-2927 or (Directions to Salve Regina University)

By University Relations Staff, Salve Regina University
Posted by Cmdr. Carla McCarthy