Professor Hayat Alvi, National Security Affairs Department, will speak on "The Middle East of Today and Tomorrow: The Long Term Trends'" at the Newport Art Museum Winter Series on March 10. Further information is available on the Newport Art Museums's website
Professor Kevin Kelley, National Security Affairs Department, participated in the 2012 International Crisis and Risk Communication conference held at the University of Central Florida, March 5-7. The conference included presentations by crisis managers and planners who were involved in various crises ranging from the Virginia Tech student killings, to the earthquakes in New Zealand, to planning for pandemics, to the routine crisis planning conducted by Disney for its theme parks. Professor Kelley presented a lecture to this group of practitioners and academics entitled “Peace: A Risky Business for the U.S. Military?” He addressed the potential threats to the trust the U.S. military has enjoyed from the American public and political leaders for the past 25 years resulting from the inevitable closer assessment of military performance in the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts and the possible impact on the military’s role in future responses to national security, natural disaster, and humanitarian relief crises that might arise.
Professor Joshua Rovner, Strategy and Policy Department, spoke on "Fixing the Facts: National Security and the Politics of Intelligence" at the Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy and the Department of Political Science at Boston College, on Feb. 6. He also spoke on "Calibrated Deterrence in an Age of Parity” at Williams College on March 3 during a joint Williams/State Department conference
on the release of two new volumes of diplomatic records from the Nixon Administration.
Professor Mike Schmitt, International Law Department Chairman, spoke at the George C. Marshall Center's Program in Terrorism and Security Studies (PTSS), Garmisch, Germany on Feb. 29. Schmitt’s presentation, "Counter-terrorism and International Law” focused on issues regarding the law of armed conflict such as: “who can be a lawful target?”; “when can a border be crossed to strike against terrorists?”; and “can intelligence and law enforcement personnel be used in such operations?” He also examined human rights law limitations on counter-terrorist operations. Following his presentation, Schmitt hosted several small-group seminars to explore these questions in more depth. The 73 PTSS program participants were government mid-to-senior-level, counterterrorism experts from around the world spending five weeks examining cooperative counterterrorist strategy and tactics.
Professor Robert Cassidy, Joint Military Operations Department, spoke to graduate students in the International Security Studies Program at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy on “Afghanistan and Pakistan: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” on March 7. He discussed the strategic and operational levels of the war and shared insights from his service in Afghanistan and from his scholarly work on Pakistan and Afghanistan. His talk explored the wider regional issues and provided an overview of the war in Afghanistan. The body of the talk explored the catalysts and reasons for the persistent insurgencies in both Afghanistan and Pakistan. He offered some notable signs of operational momentum in Afghanistan and explained the strategic risk associated with the sanctuaries in Pakistan. His talk ended with some candid thoughts about the contradictions in Pakistan’s strategic rationale and the impediments to stability in the region.