List of Upcoming SMA Speaker Sessions

January 2023 No Comments

Note that this list is updated weekly. Please check back on Friday afternoons (EDT) for the latest version. Thank you!

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When Democracy and Security Interests Clash: Hard Choices for US Policymakers

January 2023 No Comments

Speaker(s): Carothers, T. (Co-director, Democracy, Conflict, and Governance Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace); Press, B. (Non-resident Research Analyst, Democracy, Conflict, and Governance Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace) Date: 1 February 2023 Speaker Session Summary Forthcoming! Speaker Session Recording Also forthcoming! Briefing Materials Biographies: Dr. Thomas Carothers is co-director of the Democracy, Conflict, and […]

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Short-circuiting the OODA Loop: Brain-machine and Human-machine Interfaces in Defense

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Speaker(s): Groen, M. (LtGen, US Marine Corps, Ret.); Kruse, A. (Prime Movers Lab); Wright, N. (Intelligent Biology, University College London, New America, and Georgetown University) Date: 31 January 2023 Speaker Session Summary Forthcoming! Speaker Session Recording Also forthcoming! Briefing Materials Biographies: LtGen (Ret) Michael Groen served over 36 years in the U.S. military, culminating his […]

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The Belt and Road Initiative and China’s Cultural Heritage Diplomacy in Africa

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Speaker(s): Benabdallah, L. (Assistant Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Wake Forest University) Date: Postponed—new date TBA Speaker Session Summary Forthcoming! Speaker Session Recording Also forthcoming! Briefing Materials Biography: Dr. Lina Benabdallah is an Assistant Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Wake Forest University. She is the author of Shaping the Future of Power: […]

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Emerging Strategic & Geopolitical Challenges: Operational Implications for US Combatant Commands

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Speaker(s): Clark, M. (Director for Acquisition and Technology (J9), USCYBERCOM); Jansen, K. (Branch Chief, Deterrence Analysis and Outreach, Plans and Policy Directorate, USSTRATCOM/J5); Jenista, J. (Air Force Civilian, Joint Training, Exercise, and Wargaming Directorate (J7), USNORTHCOM & NORAD); Jones, R. (Senior Strategist, USSOCOM J5-JSOU Donovan Integration Group); Krakar, J. (Academic Coordinator, USEUCOM); Kucharski, L. (Analyst, […]

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Understanding Russian Coercive Signaling

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Speaker(s): Charap, S. (RAND); Stravers, A. (RAND) Date: 18 January 2023 Speaker Session Summary SMA hosted a speaker session with Dr. Samuel Charap (Senior Political Scientist, RAND) and Dr. Andrew Stravers (Associate Political Scientist, RAND) as part of its SMA STRATCOM Speaker Series. The Russian military has used coercive signaling as a tool to compel and deter […]

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The Return of Great Power War: Scenarios of Systemic US-China War

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Speaker(s): Heath, T. (RAND) Date: 11 January 2023 Speaker Session Summary SMA hosted a speaker session with Dr. Timothy R. Heath (Senior International Defense Researcher, RAND) as part of its SMA INDOPACOM Speaker Series. How a war between the US and China over Taiwan’s sovereignty would develop is a frequently debated subject by scholars and military […]

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Why Extremist Insurgencies Spread: Insights from the Sahel

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Speaker(s): Boukhars, A. (Africa Center for Strategic Studies, National Defense University; McDaniel College) Date: 10 January 2023 Speaker Session Summary SMA hosted a speaker session with Dr. Anouar Boukhars (Professor of Countering Violent Extremism and Counterterrorism, Africa Center for Strategic Studies, National Defense University; Associate Professor of Political Science, McDaniel College) as part of its SMA […]

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US-China Technological “Decoupling”: Strategy, Policy, and Military Implications

December 2022 No Comments

Speaker(s): Bateman, J. (Senior Fellow, Technology and International Affairs Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace) Date: 20 December 2022 Speaker Session Summary SMA hosted a speaker session with Mr. Jon Bateman (Senior Fellow, Technology and International Affairs Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace) as part of its SMA “Anticipating the Future Operational Environment” (AFOE) Speaker Series. The […]

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The 2022 NDS in Its Historical and Strategic Big Picture: Expert Q&A

December 2022 No Comments

Speaker(s): Posen, B. (Ford International Professor of Political Science, MIT; Director Emeritus, Security Studies Program, MIT); Coker, C. (Director, London School of Economics [LSE] IDEAS) Date: 15 December 2022 Speaker Session Summary SMA hosted a speaker session with Dr. Barry Posen (Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)) and Prof. Christopher Coker (London School of Economics (LSE) IDEAS) […]

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