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9th Annual Patuxent Defense Forum
co-sponsored by The Patuxent Partnership and The Center for the Study of Democracy, St. Mary's College of Maryland
“Challenges for the U.S. and NATO in Promoting Middle East Stability and Security”
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
8:15am - 5:00pm Forum
Cole Cinema, St. Mary's College of Maryland
Reception & Dinner to follow, 5:15pm
Special Guest Dinner Speaker
Admiral Steve Abbot, USN (ret), President and Chief Executive Officer, Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society; former, Acting Homeland Security Advisor to the President and Deputy Commander in Chief, U.S. European Command
$80 per person for TPP members
$95 per person for non-TPP members
Meals are complementary to our registered attendees (thank you to our PDF sponsors).
Recent political developments in the Middle East are certain to reshape future strategic relations between states in the region, with important implications for the U.S., NATO and other regional actors. The withdrawal of U.S. troops from both Iraq and Afghanistan suggest new strategic relations between the U.S. and states in the region. Instability and war in Syria continues to threaten state security and regional economic development, while piracy is an ongoing menace on shipping routes in the region. These, and other challenges, require policymakers to rethink regional military and security strategies to help foster greater stability. This forum will bring together experts from the United States, the Middle East and Europe to discuss how NATO can encourage greater cooperation, (i) how the U.S. can encourage practical maritime and military strategies and (ii) how the U.S. can achieve long term sustainable security with partners in the region.
Colonel Troy Thomas, USAF, Director for Strategic Planning, National Security Council
Panel: Understanding Regional History to Improve Security Strategies in the Middle East
The Origins of America's Involvement in the Gulf: Reluctant Replacements for Pax Britannica
Captain Jeffrey R. Macris, Ph.D., Permanent Military Professor, Associate Professor, U.S. Naval Academy History Dept
Does a Light Footprint Matter? The U.S. Navy and Bahrain
Dr. Geoffrey F. Gresh, Assistant Professor of International Security Studies, National Defense University
Building the Regional Security Architecture in the Middle East
Egle Murauskaite, Research Associate, James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies
Panel: The Future of U.S. and NATO Defense Strategies
Whither America’s Direction: The Folly of Attempting to Develop U.S. Middle East Military Strategy Absent National Policy
COL Tomislav Ruby, USAF (ret), Ph.D., President/CEO, Bluegrass Critical Thinking Solutions
Beyond Istanbul: NATO’s Relationships In the Middle East Beyond 2014
Mark R. Jacobson, Ph.D., Senior Transatlantic Fellow, German Marshall Fund of the United States
Panel: The Intersection of U.S. Foreign Policies with Middle East Politics
Ensuring 'Stability and Security' during the Arab Awakenings
Heidi Lane, PhD, Associate Professor, Strategy and Policy Department, Director, Greater Middle East Regional Study Group, United States Naval War College
“It’s Not You, It’s Me”: America’s Military Separation from the Middle East
Ionut C. Popescu, PhD, Assistant Professor, Robertson School of Government, Regent University
Lawrence P. Rubin, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, Georgia Institute of Technology
See full Agenda attached below.
Registration fee must be RECEIVED BY 12Noon, Thursday, April 24, 2014
by credit card (VI/MC) on this site or by check delivered or mailed to
The Patuxent Partnership, 22335 Exploration Drive, Suite 1035, Lexington Park, MD 20653.
Sorry, no refunds will be provided for cancellations. Substitutions welcome, please contact Cyndi Deppe at firstname.lastname@example.org by COB April 25th.
St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Campus Center, Cole Cinema, St. Mary’s City, MD
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the DAWIA Registration System.