Newport, R.I. - The Naval War College’s 60th annual Current Strategy Forum is scheduled to be held in Newport, R.I., from June 16-17.

   Hosted by the Honorable Ray Mabus, Secretary of the Navy, the conference will present the perspective of the nation’s leading experts on how the Navy can both meet future challenges and identify opportunities to promote a more stable world with the theme, “Seizing Strategic Opportunities: Challenging the Paradigm.”  
   The Current Strategy Forum is the capstone event of the Naval War College’s rigorous resident curriculum, and an extraordinary opportunity for the exchange of views among outstanding thinkers from across business, industry, government and the military.                                
   The purpose of this year’s Current Strategy Forum is to address the following issues:
·         The Challenges created by the long-term economic, demographic and geopolitical trends that impact U.S. national security.
·         The Strategic Opportunities that the United States will encounter in a rapidly changing geostrategic environment.
·         The Influence the United States and the maritime services will have in securing a more stable and peaceful world.
   The two-day event will feature several panel discussions and keynote addresses that will discuss these issues. Rear Admiral Phil Wisecup will deliver opening welcome remarks Tuesday morning, followed by a brief speech from the Secretary of the Navy.  Dr. Kenneth Rogoff, Thomas D. Cabot Professor of Public Policy and Professor of Economics at Harvard University will be the first keynote speaker.  At 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, another keynote address will be Adm. Gary Roughead, Chief of Naval Operations from the United States Navy.            
   Wednesday’s keynote speakers include Dr. Anne-Marie Slaughter from the U.S State Department, Greg Mortensen from the Central Asia Institute, and the Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. James T. Conway. 
   There will also be two panel discussions on both days of the conference. The theme of the first panel discussion on Tuesday is “Strategic Challenges and Opportunities.” Panel members include Professor Stephen Walt, the Robert and Renee Belfer Professor of International Relations at Harvard University, Professor G. John Ikenberry, the Albert G. Milbank Professor of Politics and International Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School of International Affairs at Princeton University, and Ambassador Mitchell Reiss, current diplomat-in-chief at The College of William and Mary. The discussion moderator is Dr. Jonathan D. Pollack, Professor of Asian and Pacific Studies at the Naval War College.
   Tuesday’s second panel discussion is titled “Retrospect and Prospect: Looking Back to Look Forward.” The panel consists of Dr. Donald Kagan, the current Sterling Professor of Classics and History at Yale University, Dr. Eliot Cohen, the Robert E. Osgood Professor of Strategic Studies at The Paul H. Nitze School of International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, and Daniel Byman, the Associate Professor and Director of the Security Studies Program and the Center for Peace and Security Studies at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service.  The discussion moderator is the Naval War College’s professor John H. Maurer, Strategy and Policy Department Chair.
   Wednesday’s first panel discussion, titled “The Strategy of Influence,” features Stanford University’s Dr. Thomas Fingar, Payne Distinguished Lecturer in the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Professor Michael Doran from New York University, and Shibley Telhami, the Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development at the University of Maryland. This discussion will be moderated by Professor Nikolas Gvodsev, Professor of National Security Studies at the Naval War College.
   The final panel discussion on “Hard Power, Soft Power, and Smart Power” will include Dr. Michael O’Hanlon, a senior fellow in Foreign Policy at the Brookings’ Institution, Dr. Thomas Mahnken, a Visiting Scholar at the Philip Merrill School for Strategic Studies at Johns Hopkins University, and Dr. Patrick Crohnen, the director of the Institute of National Security Studies. The Naval War College’s Professor Robert Rubel, Dean of the College’s Center for Naval Warfare Studies will be the discussion’s moderator.
Note: Media interested in covering should contact the Naval War College Public Affairs Office at 401-841-2220.
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