Special Seminars

October 23, 2015
Political Struggles in the Middle East
MIT Seminar on Capitol Hill
seminar summary

Oct 2013- April 2014
Central Asia Series
After 2014: What Next for Central and South Asia?

April 1, 2014
Managing China's Oil Dependence
Dr. Øystein Tunsjø
Associate Professor at the Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies

September 17, 2013
Peaceful Coexistence, deterrence and active defense in China's East China Sea Strategy
Mr. Dennis J. Blasko
Former U.S. Army Military Intelligence Officer and Foreign Area Officer specializing in China
Dr. Liselotte Odgaard
Associate Professor at the Royal Danish Defence College
(talk cosponsored by MIT Center for International Studies )

February 19, 2013
Contrasting Secular & Religious Agenda Terror and Guerilla Warfare: from Che Guevara to Osama bin Laden
Jonathan Fine
Former advisor on arms control and conflict resolution at the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) strategic division planning branch
(talk cosponsored by MIT MISTI Israel)

October 16, 2012
U.S Air Force Strategy and Budget
Dr. Jamie Morin
Acting Under Secretary and Comptroller, United States Air Force

April 12, 2012
Defense Priorities in a Time of Austerity
Michèle Flournoy
Former Undersecretary of Defense for Policy

March 19, 2012
Israel and Arab Spring: Risks and Opportunities
Dr. Ehud Eiran, post-doctoral fellow at the Department of International Relations at the University of Haifa
(talk co-sponsored by MIT MISTI Israel, and the MIT Center for International Studies)

March 9, 2012
A Conversation with General David Rodriguez
General David Rodriguez, Commanding General, United States Army Forces Command

May 11, 2011
"The Post Osama bin-Laden Era" (a roundtable discussion)
Moderator:  Barry Posen, Director, Security Studies Program, with commentary by Gabriel Lenz, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science; Vipin Narang, Assistant Professor of Political Science; Roger Petersen, Professor, Department of Political Science; Stephen Van Evera, Professor, Department of Political Science; Charles ( Chuck) Samaris, Colonel, US Army, SSP Military Fellow.
(Talk co-sponsored by MIT Political Science Department)

April 28, 2011
"Wars and Rumors of Wars" and the US Army Corps of Engineers: The Greatest Story Never Told
Brigadier General Peter A. (Duke) DeLuca, North Atlantic Division Commander and Division Engineer

April 14, 2011
Reconstruction in Iraq: The Challenges, The Wins, and The Losses
Colonel Dan Anninos, Chief of Staff, US Army Corps of Engineers

March 30, 2011
Israel Amidst an Unstable Middle East
Efraim Inbar, Professor of Political Studies and Director of the Begin-Sadat (BESA) Center for Strategic Studies, Bar-Ilan University
(in collaboration with MISTI Israel)

February 24, 2011
The Institutional and Operational Implications of the Evolving Threat Environment
Lieutenant General George J. Flynn, Deputy Commandant, Combat Development and Integration, US Marine Corps

May 6, 2010
The Marine and Afghanistan
Brigadier General Lawrence D. Nicholson, Commanding General, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade

April 27, 2010
China's No-First-Use Policy: Interpreted in American Deterrence Terminology
Dr. Yao Yunzhu, Senior Colonel of the People's Liberation Army of China

October 29, 2009
Obama and the Arab-Israeli Conflict: An Interim Report
Shai Feldman, Judith and Sidney Swartz Director, Crown Center for Middle East Studies, Brandeis University;
Khalil Shikaki, Senior Fellow, Crown Center for Middle East Studies, Brandeis University

September 15, 2009
50 Years as Allies: The Role of U.S. Forces in Japan
Colonel Patrick T. Stackpole, U.S. Army Chief of Staff for U.S. Forces Japan

September 14, 2009
*How Israeli Universities are Making a Difference in the Peace Process: Haifa University as a Prototype
Speaker: Professor Sophia Menache, Dean, Graduate Studies at Haifa University
Moderator: Professor Stephen Van Evera, MIT Security Studies Program
*joint seminar with MISTI Israel

April 6, 2009
USMC Perspectives on Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom
LTGen Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., Deputy Commandant for Plans, Policies and Operations, U.S. Marine Corp.

February 26, 2009
Overview of the Army's Maneuver Support Center
MG Gregg Martin, Commanding General, United States Army Maneuver Support Center
Army's Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) defense capabilities
Lieutenant Colonel James Bonner

February 4, 2009
Israel, Hamas and the Gaza Conflict: A Roundtable
Barry Posen, Director, MIT Security Studies Program; Admiral William J. Fallon, Former Commander of US Central Command; Jeremy Pressman, Assistant Professor, Political Science, UConn
(co-sponsored by MISTI Israel)

January 15, 2009
Key Issues in the Department of Defense for the Obama Administration
Cindy Williams, Owen Cote, Harvey Sapolsky, and Admiral William J. Fallon

November 29, 2007
Stability Operations in Iraq
Col. Patrick T. Stackpole, USA, Commander, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division ; CSM Frank Leota, USA, 3d IBCT

May 5, 2006
Speed Kills? Reassessing the Role of Speed, Precision and Situation Awareness in the Fall of Saddam
Stephen J. Biddle, Senior Fellow for Defense Policy
Council on Foreign Relations

May 4, 2006
Strategic Information Operations: Listening and Talking to the Middle East
Dr. Vincent Vitto, President and CEO
Draper Laboratory

May 2, 2006
Israel, the Palestinians, and the U.S.: the Road Ahead
Shai Feldman, Director
Crown Center for Middle East Studies, Brandeis Universitiy

March 16, 2006
Kazakhstan's Security and Foreign Policy
Fulbright Scholar Didar Kassymova
Senior Lecturer, Suleiman Demiral University, Kazakhstan
**co-sponsored by Women in International Security (WIIS)**

February 27, 2006
South Korean Foreign Affairs
Mr. Yoon
Former South Korean Minister of Foreign Affairs

February 27, 2006
The Role of US Northern Command in Defense of the Homeland
Col. Joseph A. Bassani, USA
Chief, Plans Division, NORTHCOM

November 15, 2005
The Militarization of Space
Lt. Gen. Daniel Leaf
Deputy Commander, United States Pacific Command

September 30, 2005
An Introduction to China’s People’s Liberation Army [aka PLA Analysis 101]
Kenneth Allen, Senior Analyst
CNA Corporation’s China Studies Center

September 12, 2005
Opportunities and Obstacles to the Study of Terrorism
Juan Cole
Professor of History, University of Michigan

March 10, 2005
Address to the Military Fellows and Students
Kenneth O. Preston, Sergeant Major of the Army

March 3, 2005
Boots on the Ground: Japan in Iraq
Dennis Yasumoto, Professor and Director
East Asian Studies Program, Smith College

December 10, 2004
The Role of Women in the Israeli Defense Forces
Naomi Chazan, Professor and Visiting Fellow
Center for International Studies, MIT

October 22, 2004
Command in Air War: Centralized vs. Decentralized Control in the Combat Air Operations System
Lt. Col. Michael W. Kometer, USAF
AFIT/MIT Liaison Officer, and Engineering Systems Ph.D candidate

October 18, 2004
Military Innovation
George "Chip" Pickett
Vice President, Marketing and Business Planning,
Electronics and Systems Sector of Northrop Grumman

October 15, 2004
"Columbia Accident Lessons Affirmed"
Brigadier General Duane W. Deal, USAF
Commander, 21st Space Wing, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado

September 9, 2003
Financing the New Security Agenda: NATO's Budgets and Capabilities
Adrian Kendry
Senior Defence Economist, NATO

July 1, 2003
Problems in Estimating Biowarfare/Bioterrorism Capabilities and Threats
Sanford Weiner, Research Affiliate
MIT Security Studies Program

May 15, 2003
The Humanitarian Situation in Iraq
Raymond Offenheiser
President, Oxfam America

February 10, 2003
Iraq, North Korea and U.S.-China Security Relations
Shen Dingli, Professor
Fudan University, Shanghai, China

January 13, 2003
Middle East Regional Security Assessment: A Jordanian Perspective
Dr. Abdullah Toukan, Former Science Advisor to King Hussein of Jordan

October 25, 2002
Assessing China’s Ambitions in East Asia
Paul Heer
Senior China Analyst, CIA

April 1, 2002
International Security and Terrorism
Nazli Choucri, Professor
MIT Political Science Department

April 1, 2002
Basic Marine Air-Ground Task Force Doctrinal Organization
Col. David Mollahan, USMC
Fellow, MIT Security Studies Program

October 22, 2001
Kosovo: Past, Present and Future
Roger Petersen, Associate Professor
MIT Political Science Department