John J. McCloy Roundtable Series on Setting the National Security Agenda

Director: Richard K. Betts, Adjunct Senior Fellow for National Security Studies
December 1, 1996 - Present

Meetings

The Arab Spring, al-Qaeda, and American Strategy: Evolving Threats and Options

Speaker: Elissa Slotkin, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security
Presider: Richard K. Betts, Adjunct Senior Fellow for National Security Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
May 10, 2013

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Overkill: The Case for Reevaluating U.S. Nuclear Strategy

Speakers: Benjamin M. Friedman, Research Fellow in Defense and Homeland Security Studies, Cato Institute, Christopher A. Preble, Vice President for Defense and Foreign Policy Studies, Cato Institute
Presider: Richard K. Betts, Adjunct Senior Fellow for National Security Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
January 29, 2013

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The Second Nuclear Age

Speaker: Paul Bracken, Professor of Management and Political Science, Yale University
Presider: Richard K. Betts, Adjunct Senior Fellow for National Security Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
December 11, 2012

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The Conflict in Syria: A Diplomatic's Insider's View

Speaker: Jean-Marie Guéhenno, Arnold Saltzman Professor of Professional Practice in International and Public Affairs, SIPA, Columbia University
Presider: Richard K. Betts, Adjunct Senior Fellow for National Security Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
October 10, 2012

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Homegrown Terrorism

Speaker: Risa A. Brooks, Marquette University
Presider: Richard K. Betts, Council on Foreign Relations
May 31, 2012

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How Would We Estimate the Odds of Sino-American Conflict? By Focusing on What Is Unique About China or on What Is Typical About its Situation in International Politics?

Speakers: Aaron L. Friedberg, Princeton University, Andrew J. Nathan, Columbia University
Presider: Richard K. Betts, Council on Foreign Relations
May 4, 2012

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What Have We Learned About Counterinsurgency Since the Two Surges?

Speakers: Max Boot, Council on Foreign Relations, Andrew Exum, Center for a New American Security, Colonel Gian Gentile, USA, U.S. Military Academy
Presider: Richard K. Betts, Council on Foreign Relations
January 23, 2012

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The Defense Budget in Decline: How to Do Almost as Much with Not Too Much Less, or What to Stop Doing if It's a Lot Less

Speakers: Gordan Adams, The Stimson Center, Nora J. Bensahel, Center for a New American Security, Lawrence J. Korb, Center for American Progress, Michael E. O'Hanlon, The Brookings Institution
Presider: Richard K. Betts, Council on Foreign Relations
December 1, 2011

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Moving Beyond the War on Terror

Speakers: Max Boot, Council on Foreign Relations, Robert A. Pape, University of Chicago
Presider: Richard K. Betts, Council on Foreign Relations
May 26, 2011

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U.S. Political-Military Priorities: An Insider's View

Speaker: Andrew Shapiro, U.S. Department of State
Presider: Richard K. Betts, Council on Foreign Relations
February 22, 2011

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Prospects in Afghanistan and American Strategic Choices

Speakers: Stephen D. Biddle, Council on Foreign Relations, Austin Long, Columbia University
Presider: Richard K. Betts, Council on Foreign Relations
December 9, 2010

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Myths of Nuclear Stability: What Presidents Don't Know About the Limits of their Control of Nuclear Forces

Speaker: Bruce Blair, World Security Institute
Presider: Richard K. Betts, Council on Foreign Relations
May 4, 2010

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The Obama Nuclear Agenda: A Report on the Department of Defense Nuclear Posture Review

Speaker: Michael Nacht, U.S. Department of Defense
Presider: Richard K. Betts, Council on Foreign Relations
April 14, 2010

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The Future of U.S. Strategic Relationship with Iraq

Speaker: Colin H. Kahl, U.S. Department of Defense
Presider: Richard K. Betts, Adjunct Senior Fellow for National Security Studies, CFR
November 24, 2009

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Myths of Nuclear Stability

Speaker: Bruce Blair, World Security Institute
Presider: Richard K. Betts, Council on Foreign Relations
November 3, 2009

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North Korea and the Future of the Six Party Talks

Speaker: Victor D. Cha, Georgetown School of Foreign Service
Presider: Richard K. Betts, Council on Foreign Relations
May 21, 2009

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Iraq: Revisiting Three Crucial Decisions of the Past Six Years

Presider: Richard K. Betts, Council on Foreign Relations
March 13, 2009

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The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century

Speaker: Peter W. Singer, Brookings Institution
Presider: Richard K. Betts, Council on Foreign Relations
February 5, 2009 12:15–12:30 p.m. - Reception and Lunch
12:30–2:00 p.m. - Meeting

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The Future of Special Operations

Speaker: David Kilcullen, U.S. Department of State
Presider: Richard K. Betts, Council on Foreign Relations
December 17, 2008

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Inside Georgian Politics

Speaker: Lincoln A. Mitchell, Assistant Professor, Practice of International Politics, Columbia University
Presider: Richard K. Betts, Adjunct Senior Fellow for National Security Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
September 9, 2008 12:15–12:30 p.m. - Lunch and Reception
12:30–2:00 p.m. - Meeting

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Sprinting to the Finish

Speaker: Kori Schake, Principal Deputy Director of Policy Planning, U.S. Department of State
Presider: Richard K. Betts, Adjunct Senior Fellow for National Security Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
May 6, 2008

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Counterterrorism Under the Next President: Lessons from New York City

Speaker: Richard A. Falkenrath, Deputy Commissioner for Counterterrorism, New York City Police Department
Presider: Richard K. Betts, Adjunct Senior Fellow for National Security Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
April 22, 2008

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Statecraft in the Middle East

Speaker: Dennis B. Ross, Counselor and Ziegler Distinguished Fellow, The Washington Institute
Presider: Richard K. Betts, Adjunct Senior Fellow for National Security Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
February 4, 2008

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Trends in the U.S.-China Security Relationship

Speaker: Thomas Christensen, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, U.S. Department of State
Presider: Richard K. Betts, Adjunct Senior Fellow for National Security Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
December 7, 2007

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Planning for Future Military Conflicts

Speaker: Thomas G. Mahnken, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy Planning, U.S. Department of Defense
Presider: Richard K. Betts, Adjunct Senior Fellow for National Security Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
October 16, 2007

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The Next Attack in the Homeland: How to Respond

Speaker: Henry A. Crumpton, Coordinator for Counterterrorism, Counterterrorism Office, U.S. Department of State
Presider: Richard K. Betts, Adjunct Senior Fellow for National Security Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
October 5, 2007

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An Assessment Intelligence Reform

Speakers: Mark Lowenthal, President, The Intelligence & Security Academy, LLC, William E. Odom, Adjunct Professor, Yale University
Presider: Richard K. Betts, Adjunct Senior Fellow for National Security Studies, The Council on Foreign Relations
May 25, 2007

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The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy

Speaker: John J. Mearsheimer, University of Chicago
Presider: Richard K. Betts, Adjunct Senior Fellow for National Security Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
February 8, 2007

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U.S. Intelligence and 9/11

Speaker: Amy Zegart, University of California Los Angeles
Presider: Richard K. Betts, Adjunct Senior Fellow for National Security Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
January 25, 2007

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New Nuclear Interactions

Speaker: Stephen Peter Rosen, Olin Institute for Strategic Studies
Presider: Richard K. Betts, Council on Foreign Relations
November 2, 2006

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What Kind of Military Transformation?

Speaker: Frederick W. Kagan, American Enterprise Institute
Presider: Richard K. Betts, Council on Foreign Relations
October 24, 2006 12:30–2:30 p.m.

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Intelligence Reform: A View from the Eye of the Storm

Speaker: Deborah Barger, Assistant Deputy Director of National Intelligence
Presider: Richard K. Betts, Adjunct Senior Fellow for National Security Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
April 10, 2006

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Transformational Diplomacy

Speaker: John Hillen, U.S. Dept. of State
Presider: Richard K. Betts
February 24, 2006

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The Challenge of American Primacy

Speakers: Stephen Brooks, Dartmouth College, William C. Wohlforth, Dartmouth College
Presider: Richard K. Betts
February 9, 2006

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The Integrated Power Concept and Its Implications in Iraq

Speakers: Robert Boorstin, Center for American Progress, Larry Korb, Center for American Progress
Presider: Richard K. Betts
January 17, 2006

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Intelligence and Policy: A Broken Relationship

Speaker: Paul Pillar, Georgetown University
Presider: Richard K. Betts
November 8, 2005

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U.S. First Strike Capability

Speakers: Keir Lieber, Notre Dame University, Daryl G. Press, University of Pennsylvania
Presider: Richard K. Betts
October 25, 2005

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Dying to Win

Speaker: Robert A. Pape, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Chicago
Presider: Richard K. Betts, Council on Foreign Relations
June 6, 2005

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The New American Militarism: How Americans Are Seduced by War

Speaker: Andrew Bacevich, Director of the Center for International Relations,, Boston University
Presider: Richard K. Betts, Council on Foreign Relations
April 15, 2005

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Iraq: Can We Eat Soup with a Knife?

Speaker: John A. Nagl, U.S. Department of Defense
Presider: Richard K. Betts, Council on Foreign Relations
March 17, 2005

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They Still Don't Get It: The Danger of Ignoring Reality in the War on Terrorism

Speaker: Michael Scheuer
Presider: Richard K. Betts, Council on Foreign Relations
February 23, 2005

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Lying in International Politics

Speaker: Eric Alterman, Professor, Brooklyn College, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
Presider: Richard K. Betts, Council on Foreign Relations
December 2, 2004

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The Road to-and-from 9/11

Speaker: Philip D. Zelikow, Executive Director, National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States
Presider: Richard K. Betts
November 23, 2004

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The Case Against American Empire

Speaker: Ivan Eland, Senior Fellow, Independent Institute
Presider: Richard K. Betts
October 8, 2004

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The Evolving Security Roles of American Forces in Iraq

Speakers: Gary Anderson, Science Applications International Corporation, Francis "Bing" West, GAMA Corporation
Presider: Richard K. Betts
May 17, 2004

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Roundtable on the Navy's Evolving Role in War on Terror

Speaker: Albert Konetzni Jr.
Presider: Richard K. Betts
March 17, 2004

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John J. McCloy Roundtable with General James T. Hill

Speaker: James T. Hill
Presider: Richard K. Betts
February 24, 2004

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John J. McCloy Roundtable with Lt. General William Odom

Speaker: William E. Odom, Hudson Institute
Presider: Richard K. Betts
February 12, 2004

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Terrorism After Al Qa'ida

Speaker: Paul Pillar, National Intelligence Council
Presider: Richard K. Betts
November 4, 2003

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New Bases and Allies for Old? The Pentagon’s Plans for Future Global Military Posture

October 7, 2003

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Preventing Intelligence Failures in Counterterrorism

Speaker: Eleanor Hill, Joint 9/11 Investigation Committee
Presider: Richard K. Betts
June 27, 2003

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Suicide Terror

Speaker: Bruce Hoffman, RAND
Presider: Richard K. Betts, Council on Foreign Relations
March 19, 2003

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National Security Agenda

Speaker: Jesse H. Ausubel, Rockefeller University
Presider: Richard K. Betts
October 3, 2002

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Lessons Learned from the War in Afghanistan

Speaker: Stephen D. Biddle, Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College
Presider: Richard K. Betts, Council on Foreign Relations
September 24, 2002

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What have we learned about terrorism since September 11?

Speaker: Martha Crenshaw, Wesleyan University
Presider: Richard K. Betts
May 15, 2002

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America's Response to Terrorism: US Air Defense

Speaker: William P. Delaney, Lincoln Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
November 16, 2001

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America's Response to Terrorism: U. S. Air Defense

Speakers: William P. Delaney, Lincoln Laboratory, MIT, Lee Upton, Lincoln Laboratory, MIT
Presider: Richard K. Betts
November 16, 2001

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America's Response to Terrorism: What Difference Does the RMA Make After September 11?

Speakers: Lawrence J. Korb, Vice President, Maurice R. Greenberg Chair, and Director of Studies, Michael E. O'Hanlon, Brookings Institution, Council on Foreign Relations
Presider: Richard K. Betts
October 24, 2001

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America's Response to Terrorism: US-China Security Relations after the September 11 Attacks

Speaker: Kurt M. Campbell, CSIS
Presider: Richard K. Betts
October 23, 2001

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America's Response to Terrorism: What Difference Does the RMA Make After September 11?

Speakers: Andrew Krepinevich, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessment, Michael E. O'Hanlon, Brookings Institution
Presider: Richard K. Betts
October 12, 2001

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The U.S. Navy: A Vision for the 21st Century

Speaker: Robert J. Natter, Admiral, U.S.N., Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Atlantic Fleet
Panelist: Lawrence J. Korb
May 23, 2001

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Can the New Administration Preserve the U.S. Military Profession or Will the Military Be Just a Bureaucracy?

Speaker: Don M. Snider, U.S. Military Academy
Panelist: Richard K. Betts
May 8, 2001

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The Space Commission: Recommendations and Projects

Speaker: David E. Jeremiah, Admiral USN (Ret.); President, Technology Strategies & Alliances Corporation; Commissioner, Commission to Access United States National Security Space Management and Organization
Panelist: Richard K. Betts, Adjunct Senior Fellow, National Security Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
April 26, 2001

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Transparency in an Environment of Unilateral Arms

Speaker: Rose E. Gottemoeller, Senior Associate, Carnegie Endowment; former Deputy Undersecretary for Nuclear Proliferation, U.S. Department of Energy
Presider: Richard K. Betts
March 22, 2001

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Critical Issues in Defense Management

Speaker: Ashton B. Carter, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; author, Keeping the Edge: Managing Defense for the Future
Presider: Richard K. Betts
February 15, 2001

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NATO Leaving the Balkans: A Retreat?

Speaker: Sir Rupert Smith, Deputy Supreme Allied Commander in Europe
Panelist: Richard K. Betts
January 26, 2001

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Critical Issues in Managing Defense Policy

Speaker: Ashton B. Carter, Ford Foundation Professor of Science and International Affairs, Harvard's Kennedy School of Public Policy
Panelist: Richard K. Betts
January 11, 2001

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The Next Quadrennial Defense Review: Can It Get Out of the Box? Should It?

Speakers: Andrew R. Hoehn, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Defense Strategy, Ted Warner, Former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy and Threat Reduction
November 14, 2000

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The National Commission on Terrorism: Recommendations and Prospects

Speaker: L. Paul Bremer, Managing Director, MMC Enterprise Risk
October 26, 2000

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How India's Nuclear Force Should Develop: Deterrence Concepts, Force Structure and Command and Control

October 17, 2000

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Transnational Crime Networks

Speaker: Phil Williams, Ridgway Center for International Security Studies
Panelist: Richard K. Betts, CFR
April 10, 2000

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The Kashmir Problem after the Indian Election

October 18, 1999

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Don't Ask, Don't Tell, or Doesn't Matter?

Speakers: Richard Chilcoat, National Defense University, Elizabeth Kier, Harvard University
Presider: Lawrence J. Korb
May 19, 1999

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The Future of Russian Military Power

Speaker: William E. Odom, Hudson Institute
Presider: Richard K. Betts
April 27, 1999

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The War over Kosovo: What to Do? To What End?

Speakers: Ivo H. Daalder, Brookings Institution, Albert I. Edelman, Mayer, Brown and Platt
Presider: Richard K. Betts
April 27, 1999

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Can Saddam Hussein Be Toppled? (N.Y.)

Speakers: Gideon Rose, Frank Smyth, Journalist
Presider: Richard K. Betts
March 4, 1999

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Can Saddam Hussein Be Toppled? (D.C.)

Speakers: Kenneth M. Pollack, National Defense University, Frank Smyth, Journalist
Presider: Richard K. Betts
February 26, 1999

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The Russian Military: From Ten Feet Tall to Two Feet Small

Speaker: William E. Odom, Hudson Institute
Presider: Richard K. Betts
November 24, 1998

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Non-Lethal Weapons.

Speaker: Charles Swett, Center for Strategic and International Studies
Presider: Richard K. Betts
November 6, 1998

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Non-lethal Weapons

Speaker: Charles Swett, Center for Strategic and International Studies
Presider: Richard K. Betts
October 27, 1998

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The Civilian-Military Gap: Problem or Solution?.

Speaker: John Hillen, Council on Foreign Relations
Presider: Richard K. Betts
October 2, 1998

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The Civilian-Military Gap: Problem or Solution?

Speaker: John Hillen, Council on Foreign Relations
Presider: Richard K. Betts
October 1, 1998

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Security Commerce and Space: Protecting the New SLOCs

Speaker: Frank G. Klotz, Council on Foreign Relations
Presider: Richard K. Betts
May 11, 1998

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Dueling Instabilities: What's Going On in Korea?

Speakers: Frederick Carrier, Korea Society, Mitchell B. Reiss, Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization (KEDO)
Presider: Richard K. Betts
April 22, 1998

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How Much Can UNSCOM Do Even if Saddam Lets It?

Speaker: David Kay, Former UNSCOM Inspector
Presider: Richard K. Betts
April 6, 1998

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Is the New North Atlantic Treaty Organization Militarily Serious?

Speaker: Ronald D. Asmus, U.S. Department of State
Presider: Richard K. Betts
March 5, 1998

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Bosnia: Is Partition the Lesser Evil?

Speakers: Chaim Kaufmann, Lehigh University, Warren Zimmermann, Columbia University
Presider: Richard K. Betts
March 4, 1998

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Refugees as a Security Issue

Speaker: Robert P. DeVecchi, Council on Foreign Relations
Presider: Richard K. Betts
February 4, 1998

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Is the New NATO Militarily Serious?

Speaker: Don M. Snider, U.S. Military Academy
Presider: Richard K. Betts
January 12, 1998

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Bosnia: Is Partition the Lesser Evil?.

Speakers: Ivo H. Daalder, University of Maryland, Michael E. O'Hanlon, The Brookings Institution, Susan L. Woodward, The Brookings Institution
Presider: Richard K. Betts
January 7, 1998

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Energy Security: Is Access Still a Problem?.

Speakers: Michael C. Lynch, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Douglas B. McNary, Council on Foreign Relations
Presider: Richard K. Betts
October 30, 1997

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Energy Security: Is Access Still a Problem?

Speakers: Michael C. Lynch, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Douglas B. McNary, Council on Foreign Relations
Presider: Richard K. Betts
October 22, 1997

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How Should We Think about the Future of Chinese Power?

September 25, 1997

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How Should We Think about the Future of Chinese Power?.

September 17, 1997

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Information Warfare

Speaker: Martin Libicki, Institute for National Strategic Studies
Presider: Richard K. Betts
May 6, 1997

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Information Warfare (DC)

May 1, 1997

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Biological Weapons: The Worst of WMD?

Speaker: Joshua Lederberg, Rockefeller University
Presider: Richard K. Betts
April 8, 1997

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Biological Weapons: The Worst of WMD? (DC)

Speaker: Richard Danzig, U.S. Department of Defense
Presider: Richard K. Betts
April 1, 1997

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Economic Security and National Security

Speakers: David B. H. Denoon, New York University, Albert Fishlow, Council on Foreign Relations
Presider: Richard K. Betts
March 24, 1997

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U.S. Military Strategy in Asia: Is There Any beyond Korea and Japan? Should There Be?

Speaker: Aaron L. Friedberg, Princeton University
Presider: Richard K. Betts
February 11, 1997

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U.S. Military Strategy in Asia: Is There Any beyond Korea and Japan? Should There Be? (DC)

Speaker: Kurt M. Campbell, U.S. Department of Defense
Presider: Richard K. Betts
February 4, 1997

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Political Intervention to Affect Foreign Regimes (DC)

Speaker: Donald Gregg, The Korea Society
Presider: Richard K. Betts
January 16, 1997

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Political Intervention to Affect Foreign Regimes

Speakers: Richard K. Betts, Council on Foreign Relations, Joshua Muravchik, American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
Presider: Richard K. Betts
January 14, 1997

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Strategic Defenses: Getting Beyond Cold War Conceptions (DC)

December 3, 1996

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Strategic Defenses: Getting Beyond Cold War Conceptions

December 2, 1996

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