Upcoming Events

Is Promoting Democracy Abroad Bad for Maintaining Democracy at Home? A Debate

Date: January 24, 2019

Is Promoting Democracy Abroad Bad for Maintaining Democracy at Home? A Debate

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Location: 1030 Jenkins Nanovic

Michael Desch is Packey J. Dee Professor of Political Science and founding Director of the International Security Center at the University of Notre Dame. He has worked on the staff of a U.S. Senator, in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research at the Department of State, and in the Foreign Affairs and National Defense Division of the Congressional Research Service. His most recent book is Cult of the Irrelevant: The Waning Influence of Social Science on National Security…
Risky Business: Nuclear Dangers in Conventional Wars

Date: February 19, 2019

Risky Business: Nuclear Dangers in Conventional Wars

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Location: 1030 Jenkins Nanovic Halls

Reading Material - To be provided Caitlin Talmadge is an Associate Professor in the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, where she serves on the core faculty of the Security Studies Program. She is also Non-Resident Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institution. Her research focuses on civil-military relations, military effectiveness, defense policy, deterrence and escalation, and Persian Gulf security issues. Her most recent book is ​ The Dictator's Army: Battlefield Effectiveness in Authoritarian Regimes (Cornell University Press, 2015). She is currently writing a book on nuclear escalation in conventional wars. Previously, she was a professor at The George Washington University, where she was also a member of the Institute for Security & Conflict Studies.…
Dispelling the Terrorist Safe Haven Myth: Why Americans Are Safer Than They Think

Date: February 26, 2019

Dispelling the Terrorist Safe Haven Myth: Why Americans Are Safer Than They Think

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Location: 1030 Jenkins Nanovic

Read Ahead Material  - To be provided Risa Brooks's research focuses on issues related to civil-military relations, military effectiveness, and militant & terrorist organizations; she also has a regional interest in the Middle East. Professor Brooks is the author of Shaping Strategy: The Civil- Military Politics of Strategic Assessment (Princeton University Press, 2008) and editor (with Elizabeth Stanley) of Creating Military Power: The Sources of Military Effectiveness (Stanford University Press, 2007), as well as many articles in the field of international security. She received her PhD from the University of California, San Diego and her professional experiences include positions as Research Associate at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (London, U.K.), Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford’s Center for International Security and Arms Control (CISAC), and a predoctoral affiliation with the Olin Institute for Strategic Studies at Harvard University.…
Fear and Present Danger: Extra-factual Sources of Threat Conception and Proliferation

Date: March 5, 2019

Fear and Present Danger: Extra-factual Sources of Threat Conception and Proliferation

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Location: 1030 Jenkins Nanovic

Read Ahead Material - To be provided Kelly M. Greenhill's research focuses on foreign and defense policy; the politics of information; the use of military force; and what are frequently called "new security challenges," including civil wars, (counter-) insurgencies, the use of migration as a weapon, and international crime as a challenge to domestic governance. In addition to her Ph.D. from M.I.T., Greenhill holds an S.M. from M.I.T., a C.S.S. from Harvard University, and a B.A. (with distinction and highest honors) from the University of California at Berkeley. Outside of the Department, Greenhill serves as Research Fellow and as Chair of  the Conflict, Security and Public Policy Working Group at Harvard University's Belfer Center and as Associate Editor of the journal International Security.…
WIIS Special Event: TBD

Date: March 21, 2019

WIIS Special Event: TBD

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Location: 1030 Jenkins Nanovic

Rose Gottemoeller is currently the Deputy Secretary General of NATO. Gottemoeller took up her position in October 2016, after serving nearly five years as the Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security at the U.S. Department of State. As Under Secretary, Gottemoeller advised the Secretary of State on arms control, nonproliferation and political-military affairs. She was acting in this position from 2012 to 2014, while concurrently serving as Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance (2009-2014). In this capacity, she was the chief U.S. negotiator of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) with the Russian Federation, which entered into force on February 5, 2011 and is currently in implementation.…
Power: A Temporal View

Date: April 2, 2019

Power: A Temporal View

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Location: 1030 Jenkins Nanovic

Read Ahead Material - To be provided Daniel W. Drezner is professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, and the writer of Spoiler Alerts for the Washington Post. Prior to Fletcher, he taught at the University of Chicago and the University of Colorado at Boulder. He has previously held positions with Civic Education Project, the RAND Corporation and the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Drezner has written six books, including The Ideas Industry (Oxford, 2017), All Politics is Global (Princeton, 2007), and The Sanctions Paradox (Cambridge, 1999). He has edited two other books, including Avoiding Trivia (Brookings, 2009). He has published articles in numerous scholarly journals as well as in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Foreign Affairs.…
The North Korean Nuclear Crisis

Date: April 16, 2019

The North Korean Nuclear Crisis

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Location: 1030 Jenkins Nanovic

Read Ahead Material - To be provided   Vipin Narang is an Associate Professor of Political Science at MIT and a member of MIT’s Security Studies Program. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Government, Harvard University in May 2010, where he was awarded the Edward M. Chase Prize for the best dissertation in international relations. He holds a B.S. and M.S. in chemical engineering with distinction from Stanford University and an M. Phil with Distinction in international relations from Balliol College, Oxford University, where he studied on a Marshall Scholarship. He has been a fellow at Harvard University’s Olin Institute for Strategic Studies, a predoctoral fellow at Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, and a Stanton junior faculty fellow at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation. His research interests include nuclear proliferation and strategy, South Asian security, and general security studies.…
Small Arms: Children and Terrorism

Date: April 30, 2019

Small Arms: Children and Terrorism

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Location: 1030 Jenkins Nanovic

Read Ahead Material - To be provided Mia Bloom is Professor of Communication at Georgia State University. She conducts ethnographic field research in Europe, the Middle East and South Asia and speaks eight languages. She has authored books and articles on terrorism and violent extremism including Dying to Kill: The Allure of Suicide Terror (2005), Living Together After Ethnic Killing [with Roy Licklider] (2007) and Bombshell: Women and Terror (2011). Bloom is a former term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and has held research or teaching appointments at Princeton, Cornell, Harvard and McGill Universities.  Under the auspices of the Minerva Research Initiative (MRI) of Department of Defense, Bloom is currently conducting research on how children become involved in terrorist organizations. Bloom’s findings will be published in a book for Cornell University Press entitled Small Arms: Children and Terror (2019). Bloom has a PhD in political science from Columbia University, a Masters in Arab Studies from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and a Bachelors degree from McGill University in Russian, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies.…