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National Defense and Foreign Policy Seminar
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When: 10/22/2016
From 9:00 am until 3:30 pm
Where: University of Hartford, Wilde Auditorium, 1877 Club
200 Bloomfield Ave
West Hartford, Connecticut 
United States
Contact: John Mele
(860) 508-3681

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sponsored by

Reserve Officers Association, Connecticut Department
University of Hartford’s Presidents’ College
Military Officers Association of America, Charter Oak Chapter

Registration Fee: $40
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9:00 a.m.

9:30 a.m.
President Walter Harrison, President, University of Hartford
Joseph Voelker, Director, Presidents’ College
Robert Magyar, President, MOAA, Conn. Chapter
Col. Robert L. Hill, Moderator

10:00 a.m.
David R. Stone
Putin’s Foreign Policy and Russian Expansion

10:45 a.m.

11:00 a.m.
John R. Deni
NATO and Russia After the 2016 WARSAW Summit

11:45 a.m.
Lunch, 1877 Club

12:45 p.m.
Col. Robert Cassidy
    The Evolution of Islamic Military

1:30 p.m.
Lisa Curtis
    A Global Approach to Combating ISIS

2:15 p.m.
James R. Holmes
    Red Star Over the Pacific

3:00 p.m.
Questions and Answers


» David R. Stone, PhD, is professor of strategy and policy at the U.S. Naval War College. He was formerly Pickett professor of history and director of the Institute for Military History at Kansas State University. He has a PhD in history from Yale University and has published three books: The Russian Army in the Great War; The Eastern Front, 1914–1917; A Military History of Russia: From Ivan the Terrible to the War in Chechnya; and Hammer and Rifle: The Militarization of the Soviet Union.

» John R. Deni, PhD, is research professor of joint interagency, intergovernmental, and multinational security issues at the U.S. Army War College. He is also an adjunct professor at the American University and formerly held a similar position at Heidelberg University, Germany, and a political advisor and legislative liaison to the U.S. Army in Heidelberg. He is the author of Alliance Management and Maintenance: Restructuring NATO for the 21st Century.

» Col. Robert Cassidy is strategy and policy military professor at the U.S. Naval War College. He has masters degrees from Boston University, the Fletcher School and the French École de Guerre, and a doctorate from the Fletcher School. He served three tours in Afghanistan, the last (201314) as a special assistant to the operational commander. He is the author of three books: Peacekeeping in the Abyss, Counterinsurgency and the Global War on Terrorism and War, Will and Warlords: Counterinsurgency in Afghanistan and Pakistan, 2001–2011.

» Lisa Curtis is senior research fellow on South Asia in the Asian Studies Center of the Heritage Foundation. Her research focused on U.S. counter terrorism policies in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and trends in Islamist extremism. Curtis has been a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, a senior adviser to the assistant secretary of state for South Asia Affairs, an analyst for the CIA, and a diplomat in the U.S. embassies in Pakistan and India.

» James R. Holmes, PhD, is professor of strategy at the U.S. Naval War College and senior fellow at the University of Georgia School of Public and International Affairs. He is a former U.S. Navy warfare officer and combat veteran of the first Gulf War and a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Vanderbilt University. Holmes received his PhD from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. His most recent books are Strategy in the Second Nuclear Age and Red Star over the Pacific. He has published over 25 book chapters, 125 scholarly essays, and hundreds of opinion columns and think tank analyses.

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