Arms Control Opportunities in the Emerging Two-nuclear-peer Environment

May 2024 No Comments

Speakers: Ms. Amy Woolf (Atlantic Council, Snowcraft Center for Strategy and Security) Date: 14 May 2024 Speaker Session Summary The proliferation of nuclear weapons is increasingly critical to international security, particularly concerning long-standing nuclear-capable adversaries like Russia and China. Both nations have significant geopolitical and security considerations that make bilateral nuclear arms control agreements with […]

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Critical Minerals Geopolitics and Security

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Speakers: Dr. Morgan Bazilian (Colorado School of Mines) & Gregory Wischer (Dei Gratia Minerals) Date: 16 May 2024 Speaker Session Summary Minerals are crucial components of advanced weapons systems, playing a pivotal role in military capability and power projection. They are increasingly integrated into new attack platforms, including Virginia-class attack submarines and long-range missiles. Militaries […]

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A Hotter and Drier Future Ahead – An Assessment of Climate Change in U.S. Central Command

May 2024 No Comments

Speakers: Dr. Michelle Miro, Dr. Flannery Dolan, Karen Sudkamp, & Jeffrey Martini (RAND) Date: 9 May 2024 Speaker Session Summary Climate-related stressors present significant risks to future stability in countries worldwide, affecting all US Combatant Commands. The research team from RAND focused on assessing climate change risks to USCENTCOM in their latest report, employing data […]

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Responses Against China’s Coercion in the Indo-Pacific: Developing a Toolkit from the Philippines and Taiwan

April 2024 No Comments

Speakers: Thomas J. Shattuck (Perry World House) & Robin Michael U. Garcia (Perry World House, WR Advisory Group) Date: 24 April 2024 Speaker Session Summary China has escalated its aggressive and coercive tactics against smaller and less powerful states as part of its objective to become a regional hegemony. Major targets of Chinese aggression since […]

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The Qualities that Make Nations Competitive: Chinese and Russian Views

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Speakers: Dr. Timothy Heath, Dr. Michael Mazarr, Clint Reach (RAND) Date: 23 April 2024 Speaker Session Summary A significant portion of the current literature exploring Great Power Competition (GPC) among the United States, China, and Russia predominantly reflects a Western perspective. However, a research group from RAND is seeking to provide a more comprehensive understanding […]

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Assessing the Evolving Russian Nuclear Threat

April 2024 No Comments

Speakers: Dr. Andrea Kendall-Taylor, Nicholas Lokker, and Heli Hautala (Center for a New American Security) and Michael Kofman (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace) Date: 17 April 2024 Speaker Session Summary The changing nuclear rhetoric and actions from Russian leadership during the Ukraine War has put US and Western leaders on edge. Mr. Lokker, in his […]

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The Globalization Myth: Why Regions Matter

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Speaker: Shannon K. O’Neill (Council on Foreign Relations) Date: 16 April 2024 Speaker Session Summary Dr. O’Neil offers a reframed perspective on economic globalization, highlighting the prominence of increased interregional trade rather than international trade. She comments that, with a few notable exceptions like Boeing, the movement of goods and products has predominantly remained regional […]

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The Sanctions Response to Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine

April 2024 No Comments

Speaker: Christine Abely (New England Law | Boston) Date: 9 April 2024 Speaker Session Summary The sanctions imposed on Russia in response to its past aggressive actions, such as the annexation of Crimea, targeted actors directly involved in its aggression. However, the current sanctions imposed on Russia for its invasion of Ukraine have a much […]

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A Climate of Insecurity? Exploring the Nexus of Climate Change and National Security

March 2024 No Comments

Speaker: Dr. Samuel Henkin (NSI, Inc.) Date: 4 April 2024 Speaker Session Summary The rapidly evolving global climate system is undergoing changes at an unprecedented rate, placing significant strains on governments and communities worldwide. Dr. Henkin underscored that climate change functions as a threat multiplier, intensifying existing social, political, and economic tensions. The concept of […]

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Measuring Policy Effectiveness of Cyber Deterrence and Defensibility

March 2024 No Comments

Author: Mr. Jason Healey (Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs) Publication Preview The United States needs more effective metrics to determine if integrated cyber deterrence is working (as called for in the 2023 cyber strategy for the Department of Defense (DOD)) as expected and to separate these effects from those of improving the […]

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