Naval War College faculty headline International Studies Association conference program

Photo of Craig Whiteside, professor of national security affairs in the U.S. Naval War College Monterey Program, speaks about the most recent national security strategy with foreign area officers in language training at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center.

SAN FRANCISCO – Three faculty members from U.S. Naval War College’s (NWC) Monterey Program at Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) attended the International Studies Association’s (ISA) 59th annual conference in San Francisco, April 4-7.

Founded in 1959, ISA is one of the oldest interdisciplinary associations in the world, dedicated to understanding international, transnational and global affairs. Attended by academics, practitioners, policy experts, private sector workers and independent researchers, the goal of the conference is to promote rigorous discussion, research and writing on a broad range of topics within international studies.

“This ISA conference is the foremost global gathering of international relations and defense studies academics and practitioners in the world,” said Jon Czarnecki, professor of joint maritime operations in the NWC Monterey Program. “We presented five papers, headed two panels, and provided discussion at two additional panels at the four-day conference.”

Czarnecki was accompanied by NWC Monterey Program colleagues Robert Tomlinson and Craig Whiteside, both associate professors of national security affairs in the program.

“We have a rather small NWC presence in Monterey – one that totals only 17 faculty and one academic coordinator,” said Czarnecki. “Despite [having only three faculty in attendance], we produced a large intellectual bang for the buck at this conference.” said Czarnecki.

Papers they presented covered a wide-range of defense and national security topics, from organizational transformation to Daesch to the power of narratives.

Panel discussions involved civil-military relations, counter-terrorism, Daesch, U.S. world leadership, and post-Arab Spring politics.

NWC Monterey Program is a satellite office of NWC’s College of Distance Education, located on the campus of NPS in Monterey, California. The program provides qualified officers and select DoD civilians attending NPS with the opportunity to earn a Naval War College diploma and JPME Phase I credit.

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