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9th Annual Patuxent Defense Forum “Challenges for the U.S. and NATO in Promoting Middle East Stability and Security”

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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

Registration fee

$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.

Opening Remarks

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 cynthia.deppe@paxpartnership.org by COB April 25th.

St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Campus Center, Cole Cinema, St. Mary’s City, MD

Directions to SMCM Campus Center, click HERE.  Campus Map, click HERE.

The Patuxent Defense Forum qualifies as a continuous learning event and may
count towards DAWIA Continuous Learning requirement through RegisterNow,
the DAWIA Registration System.


Start Date & Time: 30 Apr 2014 at 08:00
End Date & Time: 30 Apr 2014 at 18:00

PDF 2014 Agenda as of April 24.pdf

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