Caveat Emptor: The Pros and Cons of Strategic Culture as an Analytical Concept

April 2023 No Comments

Speaker: Dr. Alastair Iain Johnston (Harvard University) Date: 12 April 2023 Speaker Session Summary Dr. Johnston described the four main generations of strategic culture research. During the first generation (1970s) a baseline was created for how scientists viewed the intersection of how political thought and the use of force influences governments’ strategic choices. The second […]

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The COVID-19 Intelligence Failure: Why Warning Was Not Enough

March 2023 No Comments

Speaker: Dahl, E. (Naval Postgraduate School) Date: 5 April 2023 Speaker Session Summary SMA hosted a speaker session with Dr. Erik Dahl (National Security Affairs Department, Naval Postgraduate School) as part of its SMA General Speaker Series. Scholars and members of the intelligence community have historically caught early warning signs of national security disasters—like the COVID-19 […]

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Assessing U.S.-China Technology Competition in Africa

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Speaker: Howell, S. (Center for a New American Security (CNAS)) Date: 4 April 2023 Speaker Session Summary SMA hosted a speaker session with Ms. Sam Howell (Technology and National Security Program, Center for a New American Security) as part of its SMA “Anticipating the Future Operational Environment” (AFOE) Speaker Series. China is using technology exports to […]

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List of Upcoming SMA Speaker Sessions

March 2023 No Comments

(Updated 29 February 2024) For general speaker series inquiries and information on how to join an event, please contact Mariah Yager (mariah.c.yager.ctr@mail.mil). Tuesday 27 February 2024 1000 EST Wednesday 6 March 2024 1100 EST Tuesday 12 March 2024 1500 EST Wednesday 13 March 2024 1100 EST Wednesday 20 March 2024 1300 EST Thursday 4 April […]

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Exploring A Year Of Russian Television News’ Propaganda Landscape Through AI: From Speech & Visual Analysis To ChatGPT

March 2023 No Comments

Speaker: Dr. Kalev Hannes Leetaru (The GDELT Project)  Date: 28 March 2023  Speaker Session Summary SMA hosted a speaker session with Dr. Kalev Hannes Leetaru (The GDELT Project) as part of its SMA EUCOM Speaker Series. The GDELT Project provides researchers with many tools for analyzing public discourse through compiling large open-source databases and utilizing text-based […]

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The Dilemmas Posed by the Great Power Competition on Political Transitions and the Security Landscape in the Sahel

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Speaker: Dr. Joseph Sany (US Institute of Peace) Date: 30 March 2023 Speaker Session Summary SMA hosted a speaker session with Dr. Joseph Sany (United States Institute for Peace [USIP]) as part of its SMA “Anticipating the Future Operational Environment” (AFOE) Speaker Series. The US, China, and Russia are locked in a global struggle for geopolitical […]

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The Rise of the Chinese Techno-Security State

March 2023 No Comments

Speaker(s): Dr. Tai Ming Cheung (Director, University of California Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation; Professor, School of Global Policy and Strategy, UC San Diego) Date: 29 March 2023 Speaker Session Summary SMA hosted a speaker session with Dr. Tai Ming Cheung (Director, University of California Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation; Professor, School of Global Policy and […]

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The Belt and Road Initiative at 10 Years Old and the Future of China-Africa Relations

March 2023 No Comments

Speaker(s): Benabdallah, L. (Assistant Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Wake Forest University) Date: 22 March 2023 Speaker Session Summary SMA hosted a speaker session with Dr. Lina Benabdallah (Assistant Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Wake Forest University) as part of its SMA “Anticipating the Future Operational Environment” (AFOE) Speaker Series. China’s Belt and Road […]

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US Military Assistance to Ukraine in 2022: Impact Assessment

March 2023 No Comments

Speaker: Murauskaite, E. (University of Maryland, ICONS) Date: 15 March 2023 Speaker Session Summary SMA hosted a speaker session with Ms. Egle E. Murauskaite (University of Maryland, ICONS) as part of its SMA EUCOM Speaker Series.  The US has given military support to Ukraine as it defends against a Russian invasion. This support includes arms transfers, […]

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Cooperation, Competition & Conflict: JADE SPEAR, China, and New Strategic Art

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Speaker: Katz, D. (USSOCOM) Date: 14 March 2023 Speaker Session Summary SMA hosted a speaker session with Mr. David J. Katz (USSOCOM) as part of its SMA STRATCOM Speaker Series.  JADE SPEAR began as a grassroots initiative with the goal of holding the Chinese shipping company, Pingtan Marine Enterprises, responsible for illegal and unethical fishing practices. […]

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