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Professor Mac Owens, National Security Affairs Department, joined Gen. Michael Hayden (USAF, Ret.), former director of the CIA, and Will Gunn, general counsel, Department of Veterans Affairs, as a featured speaker at a conference “After Afghanistan: Where to From Here?” on April 13-14 sponsored by Duke University Law School’s Center for Law, Ethics, and National Security (LENS). Dr. Owens addressed “US Civil-Military Relations: Afghanistan and Beyond, “ drawing on his 2011 book, US Civil-Military Relations After 9/11: Renegotiating the Civil-Military Bargain. Dr. Owens spoke on the topic again on April 19 to a group convened by the Honorable Brad Carson, General Counsel of the Army.

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Professor Nikolas K. Gvosdev presented at the Asan Plenum in Seoul, South Korea, on the subject of "Leadership Transition in Russia: Continuity or Change?" on April 25. The Asan Plenum is a yearly gathering of the world's leading think tanks in Seoul, Korea to discuss the pressing challenges facing the world. 
 
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Professor Mike Schmitt, Chairman of the International Law Department, participated in the annual Operational Law Course at the NATO School in Oberammergau, Germany, April 16-20.  He delivered four lectures (aspects of targeting, cyber warfare, civilians on the battlefield) and participated in a panel on drone warfare with Professor Jordon Paust of the University of Houston and Dr. Louise Arimatsu of Chatham House.  The course is designed to prepare mid and senior level attorneys from NATO countries for operational deployments.  Among the attendees at the course were the ISAF, IJC and RC South legal advisers.

The International Law Department has just initiated a program of cooperation with the NATO School modeled on its highly successful program with the International Institute of Humanitarian Law in Italy.  It will also be supporting the NATO School's Maritime Operations Law course in the fall and is developing a Cyber Law course for delivery at the School which will first be offered in December 2012.

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From U.S. Naval War College Public Affairs
Posted by Cmdr. Carla M. McCarthy