Friday, November 12th, Professor Nina Tannenwald presented on a pressing matter in today’s world of international affairs: targeted killings. The question Tannenwald sought to answer in her lecture was is the norm against assassination in decline, or is it becoming stronger than ever in the modern world?
Previous Events Summaries
Last Friday John Brobst, a military historian from Ohio University, presented on the history of the United States navy in the Indian Ocean between 1959 and 1979. However the story was not only one of the US Navy, but also the British. Brobst began by recounting the fall of British naval mastery following the Second World War, though it did not occur in such a way that British hegemony was simply replaced by that of the United States. Rather, British and American strategists drew inspiration from the ideas of Alfred Thayer Mahan, who viewed the world’s oceans as a global commons, creating a combined problem for both the British and American powers. Brobst noted how throughout the late 19th and early 20th centuries, both British and American naval officers viewed mastery of the seas as the ‘joint problem’ for London and Washington. Particular emphasis was placed on the globalizing effect of sea power, especially in regards to trade routes and armed conflict.
On April 15, 2016, the Center on American and Global Security hosted Professor Hal Brands, Associate Professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy and Faculty Affiliate in the Duike Program in American Grand Strategy of Duke University. His talk was entitled “Making the Unipolar Moment: U.S. Foreign Policy and the Rise of the Post-Cold War Order.” It explored the transition from the apparent geopolitical decline of the United States in the 1970’s to the primacy it displayed in the 1990’s and beyond.
On April 1st, Professor Jack Snyder of Columbia University gave a lecture as part of the Center on American and Global Security Speaker Series addressing the comparison between the power politics of 1914 and today. He began by noting the considerable anxiety today over the assertive and authoritarian great powers of Russia and China, particularly after Russia’s intervention in Ukraine and China’s aggressive posturing in the South China Sea.
On March 9th Mark Minton, former ambassador to Mongolia and current president of the Korea Society, discussed with students and faculty issues of East Asian security, and primarily sought to answer the question of whether or not the region is increasingly becoming a community, or is sliding towards a cold war.
On February 29, 2016, the Center on American and Global Security (CAGS) hosted “A New Cold War?,” an event co-sponsored with the Institute for European Studies (EURO) and the Russian & Eastern European Institute (REEI).
In a lecture hosted by the Center on American and Global Security, Professor Nuno Monteiro of Yale University presented his theory on the strategic causes of nuclear proliferation. To begin, he critiqued previous proliferation theories, stating that previous security model explanations do not go far enough, and that all other theories are connected to the security environment in some way, bringing them all back to become an element of the security model itself. Professor Monteiro laid out his theory in four steps.