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Since 2004 JHU/APL has organized and sponsored a recurring series of seminars on national security and foreign relations topics.  These free events, held near the Pentagon, bring together distinguished speakers and those interested in exploring such important issues.  The evening seminars are open to the public with videos and related materials later posted to this website.

The 10th Rethinking Seminar Series is focusing on Rethinking U.S. Enduring Strengths, Challenges, and Opportunities. Video, audio, and bulleted notes files from our previous events are available under the Past Series and Speakers tabs above.   Videos of the last 3 years of Rethinking Seminars are also available on a JHU/APL Seminars YouTube Playlist - Rethinking Seminar Series
Thursday, April 17thPentagon City Marriott Residence Inn
6:00-8:00pm
ADM James Stavridis, USN (ret)
Dean, The Fletcher School, Tufts University
Current National Security Challenges & Opportunities

Admiral James Stavridis, (USN, ret) is currently the Dean of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. While on active duty, he led the NATO Alliance in global operations from 2009 to 2013 as Supreme Allied Commander Europe. Previously, he served as Commander of U.S. Southern Command from 2006-2009, with responsibility for all military operations in South and Central America. He also served as the Senior Military Assistant to the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of the Navy, and was the first Commander of the Navy’s “Deep Blue” strategic and tactical think tank after the 9/11 Pentagon attacks . A graduate of the Fletcher School’s PhD program, Dr. Stavridis has published five books and over one hundred articles. His current focus is on innovation, strategic communication and planning, and creating security through international, interagency, and public/private partnerships in the turbulent 21st century.

For the Rethinking Seminar, Dean Stavridis will be discussing topics related to:
     • National Security Challenges potentially including:
          o Terrorism / extremism
          o Proliferation of weapons of mass destruction
          o Rogue nations
          o Regional Hegemons (e.g. China/Iran) and the emergence of anti-access/area-denial capabilities, and
          o The growing threat to net centric warfare C3/ISR systems
     • National Strategic Opportunities including:
          o Phase 0 activities
          o U.S. presence in the Mid East and Western Pacific
          o Joint and international training / exercises
          o Partnering, building relations and military to military contacts
          o Military, diplomatic, economic (foreign internal defense) support to host nations

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Professor Bruce Hoffman
27 March 2014
Georgetown University

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