3 Upcoming Events

President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney wave from the Situation Room of the White House, March 19, 2007, as they're joined in a video teleconference by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki of Iraq.

White House/Eric Draper

Seminar - Open to the Public

Too Much of a Good Thing? Civil-Military Relations in the Wake of Technological Disruption

Thu., Apr. 18, 2019 | 12:15pm - 2:00pm

One Brattle Square - Room 350

Speakers: Mathias Ormestad Frendem, Henry Chauncey Jr. '57 Postdoctoral Fellow, International Security Studies and the Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy, Yale University; A. Bradley Potter, Research Fellow, International Security Program

What effect do emerging communications technologies have on U.S. civil-military relations? How might the history of such technological disruption help us prepare for future disruptions? Most scholarship suggests that such developments should empower civilian leaders to better monitor and oversee military leaders, bringing in line military efforts with civilian preferences. However, the speakers argue that these technologies also bring with them challenging consequences for civil-military relations. Namely, they may encourage tendencies in both parties that undermine decision-making and long-term healthy interaction. The speakers illustrate this with a case study of relations between President George W. Bush and George W. Casey prior to launching the "surge" in Iraq.

Please join us! Coffee and tea provided. Everyone is welcome, but admittance will be on a first come–first served basis.

Election posters in Israel, April 8, 2019

Wikimedia CC/Rakoon

Seminar - Open to the Public

Israeli Elections 2019: Ramifications for Israel, the United States, and the Region

Thu., Apr. 25, 2019 | 12:15pm - 2:00pm

One Brattle Square - Room 350

Speaker: Chuck Freilich, Senior Fellow, International Security Program

The speaker,  a former deputy national security adviser in Israel, author of Israeli National Security: A New Strategy for an Era of Change (2018), will discuss the ramifications of Israel's elections for Israel itself, the United States, and the Middle East. Among the issues addressed: the future of the peace process, the Iran nuclear issue and Iranian challenge generally, the potential for conflict with Hezbollah and Hamas, U.S.-Israeli relations, and the elections' domestic ramifications.

Please join us! Coffee and tea provided. Everyone is welcome, but admittance will be on a first come–first served basis.