LTG Cavoli, Sept. 24, 2018 Photo by Bruce Gilbert
V. Page Fortna moderating the documentary film screening: “The United Nations: Last Station Before Hell,” with Lise Morje Howard and Director Pierre Olivier Francois, December 2, 2015.
LTG Cavoli, Sept. 24, 2018 Photo by Bruce Gilbert
Lise Morje Howard
(L-R) Richard Betts, Richard Nephew, Gary Sick, Robert Jervis, Stuart Gottlieb, and Danielle Pletka, “The Iran Agreement: Good Deal, Bad Deal, or No Deal?” (September 10, 2015)
Susan Woodward and Jack Snyder.
Columbia University SIPA Digital and Cyber Research Group
Virginia Gamba, United Nations Assistant Secretary General, “Reflections on Investigations into the Renewed Use of Chemical Weapons,” March 22, 2017
Alejandro Mayorkas, "Managing Our Nation’s Cyber Risk," October 7, 2015
The Institute of War and Peace Studies was founded in 1951 under the sponsorship of Dwight D. Eisenhower during his tenure as president of Columbia University.

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“Directorate S: The C.I.A. and America’s Secret Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan” a Book Talk and Panel Discussion

December 04, 2018 12:10 pm Add to calendar

Prior to 9/11, the United States had been carrying out small-scale covert operations in Afghanistan, ostensibly in cooperation, although often in direct opposition, with I.S.I., the Pakistani intelligence agency. While the US was trying to quell extremists, a highly secretive and compartmentalized wing of I.S.I., known as “Directorate S,” was covertly training, arming, and seeking […]

“Is the ‘Liberal World Order’ Worth Defending?” A Panel Discussion

October 23, 2018 12:10 pm Add to calendar

There is a lot of talk bemoaning the death of the liberal rules-based world order.  But it is less clear exactly what this order entailed, in what sense it was liberal, how (and by whom) the rules were established and maintained, and who benefited from it.  The panel will discuss these issues and the questions […]

“MEDIA IN THE AGE OF TRUMP”

October 22, 2018 6:00 pm Add to calendar

John Avlon, Panelist, Senior Policy Analyst, CNN

James Freeman, Panelist, Assistant Editorial Page Editor, Wall Street Journal

Danielle Pletka, Panelist, Senior Vice President for Foreign and Defense Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute

Jim Rutenberg,  Panelist, Media Columnist, New York Times

Stuart Gottlieb, Host and Moderator

Book Talk — When Should State Secrets Stay Secret? Accountability, Democratic Governance, and Intelligence

June 26, 2018 Add to calendar

Contrary to popular assumption, the development of stronger oversight mechanisms actually leads to greater secrecy rather than the reverse. When Should State Secrets Stay Secret? examines modern trends in intelligence oversight development by focusing on how American oversight mechanisms combine to bolster an internal security system and thus increase the secrecy of the intelligence enterprise.

Annual Kenneth N. Waltz Lecture in International Relations: “Revisiting Hiroshima in Iran: What the Public Really Thinks about Using Nuclear Weapons and Killing Non-Combatants”

April 11, 2018 Add to calendar

“The Saltzman Institute is pleased to honor one of Columbia’s most famous products and one of the most eminent international relations theorists of the past century by establishing the annual Kenneth N. Waltz Lecture in International Relations.”   Richard K. Betts, Director September, 2008     The Annual Kenneth N. Waltz Lecture in International Relations […]

The Geopolitical Crisis in Northeast Asia: Are We Heading Toward War?

April 05, 2018 Add to calendar

The Trump Administration has made a sharp departure from past US administrations by opting for a strategy of maximum pressure on North Korea.  U.S. Secretary of State Tillerson recently stated that he would explore diplomatic solutions up until the day the first bomb dropped.  Wilder, based on his personal involvement in dealing with the North […]

Beyond NATO: A New Security Architecture for Eastern Europe

April 04, 2018 Add to calendar

  Western nations should negotiate a new security architecture for eastern Europe to stabilize the region and reduce the risks of war with Russia.  This new security approach would revolve around permanent neutrality for Finland and Sweden; Ukraine, Moldova, and Belarus:  Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan; and finally Cyprus plus Serbia, as well as possibly several […]

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The Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies was founded in 1951 under the sponsorship of Dwight D. Eisenhower, during his tenure as president of Columbia University, in an effort to promote an understanding of “the disastrous consequences of war upon man’s spiritual, intellectual, and material progress.” Originally named the Institute of War and Peace Studies (IWPS), in March, 2003, the institute was renamed the Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies (SIWPS), in honor of the late Arnold A. Saltzman. More…