Center for Preventive Action Meetings

Conference Panel Session

Evolving Missions and Imperatives for Preventive Force

Speaker:

Kori Schake, Hoover Institution

Chair:

Micah Zenko, Council on Foreign Relations

What are the current missions where the use of preventive force can serve U.S. interests? How might foreseeable changes in the strategic environment increase the imperatives for using force preventively in the future? What do we know about the efficacy and costs of using preventive force against different kinds of adversaries and in different contexts, for example against terrorists , WMD related targets, and potentially for humanitarian missions? Is this likely to change and would these lessons be broadly applicable to other possible applications conceivable in the future?

April 14, 2011

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Roundtable Meeting

Operational Opportunities and Constraints

Speaker:

Herbert S. Lin, NAS

Chair:

Micah Zenko, Council on Foreign Relations

What new capabilities or organizational changes are needed to provide effective and timely preventive options for policymakers? What technological advancements, including cyberwarfare, have enlarged the scope of preventive military options? Are there prospective technological/organizational breakthroughs that will make preventive actions more feasible or likely? What are the intelligence and operational requirements of locating, targeting, and attempting to destroy WMD facilities? What are the opportunities for using force against terrorists' infrastructure or state-sponsors? What is the status/relevance of Prompt Global Strike? What are the opportunities and constraints for offensive cyber operations? How can the United States leverage allied intelligence/military capabilities?

April 14, 2011

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Roundtable Meeting

Legal Challenges

Speakers:

John B. Bellinger III, Council on Foreign Relations, Todd Buchwald, U.S. Department of State

Chair:

Ashley S. Deeks, Columbia Law School

What is the legal legitimacy of preventive force today? Do states agree on what constitutes preventive force? Can there be clear distinctions between anticipatory, preemptive, and preventive uses of force? How has the Iraq War and current operations in the AFPAK region affected debates about legal or political norms governing preventive force and the level of certainty states should have before they act? How do allies and adversaries view U.S. roles and missions for preventive force? What are the authorization and/or oversight roles for Congress?

April 14, 2011

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Roundtable Meeting

Instability and Conflict in the DRC

Speakers:

Severine Autesserre, Columbia University, John Marks, National Endowment for Democracy

Presider:

Micah Zenko, Council on Foreign Relations
March 25, 2011

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Roundtable Meeting

Assessing AMISOM: A Progress Report from the AU Mission in Somalia

Speakers:

His Excellency Boubacar Gaoussou Diarra, African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), Bronwyn E. Bruton, One Earth Future Foundation

Presider:

Micah Zenko, Council on Foreign Relations
March 11, 2011

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Roundtable Meeting

UN's Role in Protecting Women and Children in Conflict

Speakers:

Susan Bissell, United Nations, Margot Wallström, United Nations

Presider:

Micah Zenko, Council on Foreign Relations
February 24, 2011

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Roundtable Meeting

U.S.-PRC Military Incident

Speaker:

Michael A. McDevitt, USN (Ret.), CNA Strategic Studies

Presider:

Paul B. Stares, Council on Foreign Relations
January 14, 2011

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Roundtable Meeting

Investing in Afghanistan: Private Sector Growth in Conflict Zones

Speakers:

Jake Cusack, Harvard University, Erik Malmstrom, Harvard University

Presider:

Micah Zenko, Council on Foreign Relations
December 7, 2010

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Roundtable Meeting

What Future for U.S.-Russian Nuclear Cooperation after New START?

Speaker:

Pavel Podvig, Russian Nuclear Forces Project

Presider:

Micah Zenko, Council on Foreign Relations
December 6, 2010

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Roundtable Meeting

A Conversation with the Government of South Sudan

Speaker:

Pagan Amum Okiech, Minister for Peace and Comprehensive Peace Agreement Implementation, Government of South Sudan; Secretary General, Sudan People's Liberation Movement; Chief Negotiator on North/South Issues

Presider:

Paul B. Stares, General John W. Vessey Senior Fellow for Conflict Prevention and Director of the Center for Preventive Action, Council on Foreign Relations
November 17, 2010

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Roundtable Meeting

Drones on Trial: The United States Before the Human Rights Council

Speakers:

Philip Alston, New York University School of Law, Ashley S. Deeks, Columbia University School of Law

Presider:

Micah Zenko, Council on Foreign Relations
November 11, 2010

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Roundtable Meeting

New Challenges in the Congo

Speaker:

John Marks, National Endowment for Democracy

Presider:

Paul B. Stares, Council on Foreign Relations

CPA Contingency Planning Memo No. 11: Crisis in the Congo

October 12, 2010

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Roundtable Meeting

Renewed Conflict in Lebanon

Speakers:

Daniel C. Kurtzer, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Robert Malley, International Crisis Group

Presider:

Paul B. Stares, Council on Foreign Relations
September 15, 2010

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Roundtable Meeting

A Conversation with John L. Casti

Speaker:

John L. Casti, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

Presider:

Paul B. Stares, Council on Foreign Relations
September 13, 2010

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Roundtable Meeting

A Third Lebanon War?

Speaker:

Daniel C. Kurtzer, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University

Presider:

Paul B. Stares, Council on Foreign Relations

CPA Contingency Planning Memorandum No. 8: A Third Lebanon War

May 25, 2010

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Roundtable Meeting

Assessing UN and U.S. Policy for Somalia

Speakers:

Bronwyn E. Bruton, Council on Foreign Relations, Joao Honwana, Africa I Division, United Nations Department of Political Affairs

Presider:

Micah Zenko, Council on Foreign Relations
April 6, 2010

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Roundtable Meeting

A New intifada? Assessing the Likelihood of Renewed Israeli-Palestinian Violence

Speakers:

Gad Goldstein, Brookings Institution, Jonathan Schanzer, Foundation for Defense of Democracies

Presider:

Elliott Abrams, Council on Foreign Relations
March 25, 2010

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