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Nov. 2, 2012

Professor John Hattendorf, Ernest J. King Professor of Maritime History, Maritime History department chair, and museum director, talked about his latest book entitled Marlborough: Soldier and Diplomat with the Newport Historical Society, on Nov. 1.  The richly illustrated volume of essays is about the great British general, John Churchill, the first Duke of Marlborough (1650-1722), who led the British Army in the War of The Spanish Succession (Queen Anne’s War). The famous ancestor of Sir Winston Churchill, Marlborough is remembered in Newport in Marlborough Street and by a number of connections to his descendants in Newport.

Professor Timothy Hoyt, Strategy and Policy department, discussed the U.S.-Pakistan relationship post-2014, at the Center for National Policy in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 18.  Video of the discussion is available online at

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Professor Chris Demchak, Strategic Research department, contributed an article entitled "Organiser sa défense à l’ère du cyberconflit : un point de vue étatsunien"  ("Organizing for Defense in the Cybered Conflict Age - the case of the United States") to La Revue internationale et stratégique in the autumn issue, number 87, published by the Institut de Relations Internationale et Strategiques.

Professor Terence Roehrig, National Security Affairs department and Asia-Pacific Studies Group director, wrote a chapter on "South Korea's Counter-Piracy Operations in the Gulf of Aden" in a Council on Foreign Relations book entitled Global Korea: South Korea's Contribution to International Security.

Adm. Guillermo Barrera, international fellow, and professor Martin Cook, Admiral James Bond Stockdale Chair of Professional Military Ethics, visited the U.S. Military Academy on Oct. 29.  Barrera conducted engagements with the Combating Terrorism Center, and Cook taught a class and provided a faculty development session with philosophy faculty.  While there, they took a brief from the Center for the Army Profession and Ethic.

Professor Thomas G. Mahnken, Jerome E. Levy Chair of Economic Geography and National Security, held a research seminar on “U.S. Strategy in the Asia-Pacific Region” at Griffith University’s Asia Institute in Brisbane, Australia, on Oct. 26.  He discussed America’s enduring interests in the region, as well as the growing threat that Chinese military modernization poses to them. He explored alternative strategies for closing the gaps between our enduring ends and increasingly constrained means, recommending a forward-leaning strategy that balances strategic and operational risk.

The former Australian Prime Minister, the Honorable Kevin Rudd, MP, spoke at the Oct. 30th Australian launch of Competitive Strategies for the 21st Century: Theory, History and Practice (Stanford University Press, 2012), a volume, edited by Mahnken.  The  book contains essays by Naval War College professors Michael Chase, Andrew Erickson, Jim FitzSimonds, Jim Holmes, Brad Lee, and Toshi Yoshihara, as well as a range of highly respected scholars and practitioners, such as Stephen P. Rosen, Dan Blumenthal, Owen Coté, Ross Babbage, Jim Thomas, Evan Montgomery, and Paul Giarra.  The event was hosted by the Kokoda Foundation at the Australian Defense College in Canberra.  Rudd termed the book “an important contribution to the policy debate” on China, and characterized it as a “hard edged, tough minded strategic…view of China’s current military posture and how the United States and its allies could engage China.”  Rudd’s full remarks are available at  In his remarks, Mahnken described the importance of what he terms to long-term competition approach, one that emphasizes the role of time and interaction in peacetime strategic affairs, and requires a conscious effort to pit enduring competitive advantages against competitors’ enduring weaknesses. The talks were followed by a discussion session with the 200 attendees.

Mahnken also participated in the Alliance 21 Defense and Security workshop, sponsored by the University of Sydney’s United States Studies Center, Oct. 29-30.  The workshop, which is being led by Russell Trood and Robert Hill of the U.S. Studies Center, is part of a larger project looking at the contours of the Australia-United States alliance in the 21 st Century. During the workshop, American and Australian participants examined key dimensions of the alliance and discussed recommendations for policy makers.  Mahnken was joined on the American side by retired U.S. Navy Adm. Gary Roughead, former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Douglas Feith, Dr. Patrick Cronin of the Center for a New American Security, and Dr. Michael O’Hanlon of the Brookings Institution. Australian participants included Dr. Mark Thomson and Dr. Andrew Davies of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, former Chief of the Australian Defense Force retired Lt. Gen. Peter Leahy, professor Andrew O’Neill of Griffith University, and professor Lorraine Elliott of the Australian National University. The project leaders are planning a follow-on conference in Washington, D.C. this coming spring to discuss final recommendations.

Retired Rear Adm. James D. Kelly, Dean of the College of Operational and Strategic Leadership, and Cmdr. James Kraska, Howard S. Levie Chair in Operational Law in the International Law Department, participated
in a India-US-Japan Trilateral Dialogue, held at Marine Corps University in Quantico, Va., Oct. 4.  The Trilateral Dialogue is sponsored by the Okazaki Institute in Japan, and is designed to promote greater synergy in naval strategy and policy among the three nations. The Marine Corps University Foundation also provided generous support for the event. As a Track II process, the Trilateral Dialogue involves Kelly and Kraska from the Naval War College, T. X. Hammes,  Institute for National Strategic Studies at National Defense University, and Dr. James Auer, Director of the Center for U.S.-Japan Studies & Cooperation at
Vanderbilt University. The overall leader of the effort is retired Vice Adm. Hideaki Kaneda, director of the Okazaki Institute. Retired flag and general officers now serving as scholars at the United Services Institute
of India, the country's oldest national security think tank, also participated in the workshop. A follow-on workshop is planned for March 2013, in Tokyo, to be followed by a meeting in India in 2014. Topics include analysis of the Regional Security Architecture; Securing the Global Commons; Deepening Security Cooperation; Nuclear Weapon / Ballistic Missile Non-proliferation; and Contemporary Topics.  Kelly spoke on the subject of the U.S. Navy’s rebalance in the Pacific. Kraska's short paper, "Freedom of Navigation in the Maritime Commons: A Rules-Based Approach to the South China Sea," is available HERE.

Professor Pete Pedrozo, College of Operational and Strategic Leadership, and Cmdr. James Kraska, Howard S. Levie Chair in Operational Law in the International Law Department (ILD) , conducted a workshop on maritime security law for the Office of the Judge Advocate General of the Royal Thai Navy in Bangkok, Thailand, Sept. 21-23.  The workshop focused on a wide variety of maritime security law issues, including counter-piracy, counter-terrorism and suppression of weapons of mass destruction at sea, legal aspects of visit, board, search, and seizure of ships in port and at sea, international laws applicable to counterdrug and counter migrant smuggling at sea, and legal and policy considerations in freedom of navigation in Asia, and particularly in the South China Sea. Half of the 120 judge advocates of the Royal Thai Navy participated in the event, including most of the senior officers, and the Judge Advocate General and Deputy Judge Advocate Generals. The two Naval War College faculty also engaged their counterparts in discussions concerning the Proliferation Security Initiative, U.S. and Thai understanding of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, and rules of engagement in a littoral environment, such as the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea. Kraska's trip was sponsored by the Naval War College’s John A. van Beuren Chair of Asia-Pacific Studies, and Pedrozo's participation was sponsored by the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, Commander, U.S. Pacific Command. Both Pedrozo and Kraska have more than a decade each of national-level engagement with the Royal Thai Navy, the Foreign Ministry, and the Royal Thai Army, and this event builds on four years of ILD engagement with the strategic treaty ally. The Royal Thai Navy seeks to further develop expertise in international law and operational law, and Rear Adm. Charutula Tanin and other Thai JAGs have visited ILD in the past. During the summer of 2011, Cmdr. Kovit Talasophon, Royal Thai Navy JAG, conducted research on the use of force while serving as a fellow in ILD.

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Posted by Cmdr. Carla M. McCarthy