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From U.S. Naval War College Public Affairs
Feb. 6, 2013

Professor Toshi Yoshihara, van Beuren chair of Asia Pacific Studies, participated in a panel at the AFCEA-USNI West 2013 conference, Jan. 31, on the topic of “Chinese Navy: Operational Challenge or Potential Partner?”  Online at

Dr. Yoshihara's presentation begins at 38 minutes, 19 seconds.

Professor Joan Johnson-Freese, National Security Affairs department, spoke as a panelist for “Lost in Space: The Need for a Definitive U.S. Space Policy” at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, Rice University, Jan. 24.  Space policy experts reviewed the present status and future of NASA and the U.S. civil space program, as well as the need for a definitive national civil space policy.  Information online at and video at

Dr. Johnson-Freese's presentation begins at 41 minutes, 8 seconds.

Professor Nikolas Gvosdev, National Security Affairs department, spoke on a panel addressing “The Future of U.S.-Russia Relations: Beyond 2012” at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 28.  A transcript of the event is available online at

Professor Andrew S. Erickson, China Maritime Studies Institute, co-authored “Transatlantic Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific,” in Look East, Act East: Transatlantic Agendas in the Asia Pacific, Report #13 (Brussels: European Union Institute for Security Studies, 18 December 2012), 38-44.

He also authored a chapter entitled, “Chinese Statesmen and the Use of Air Power,” in Robin Higham and Mark Parillo, eds., Statesmen and Air Power: The New Instrument of Policy(Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2013), 237-72.

Col. Robert M. Cassidy, Ph.D., U.S. Army, a U.S. Naval War College military professor in the Joint Military Operations Department and a Senior Fellow at the Center for Advanced Defense Studies, gave a talk to a combined audience of the Louisville Committee on Foreign Relations and the Louisville Armed Forces Committee on Jan. 16.  The discussion focused on the history of the wars in Afghanistan, the current campaign, and the strategic risks to the campaign in Afghanistan that stem from the harmful effects of the sanctuaries in Pakistan's border areas.  

He also delivered a talk to the III Corps Commanding General and senior staff on Jan. 8.  The discussion focused on the logic and imperatives of the campaign in Afghanistan and the strategic risks to the campaign in Afghanistan as a consequence of the harmful effects from sanctuaries in Pakistan.  The III Corps staff is preparing to rotate into Afghanistan later this year as the ISAF Joint Command operational headquarters for the theater.  

As part of both talks, Cassidy drew on insights from his 2012 book, War, Will, and Warlords: Counterinsurgency in Afghanistan and Pakistan, 2001-2011, published by Marine Corps University Press.

Professors Kathleen Walsh, National Security Affairs department, and Mike Chase, Warfare, Analysis, and Research department, authored briefs published in a University of California Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation report entitled "The Chinese Defense Economy Takes Off: Sector-by-Sector Assessments and the Role of Military End-Users," 2013 Research Briefs, edited by Tai Ming Cheung.  Walsh’s contribution was “The State of China’s Defense Research and Development: Great Expectations” and Chase discussed “The PLA’s Second Artillery Force as a Customer of China’s Defense Industry.”

Members of the International Law department (ILD) and Joint Military Operations (JMO) department faculty hosted the Judge Advocate General of the Indian Navy, Rear Adm. Harendra Gupta. Gupta's visit to Naval Station Newport was hosted by the Defense Institute of International Studies.  ILD and JMO faculty briefed Gupta and accompanying officers from the Indian Navy and Indian Coast Guard on the activities of ILD and the integration of legal education into the broader curriculum at the Naval War College.

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