Lt. Gen. Jack Weinstein, U. S. Air Force, visit with students and faculty, March 22, 2017
Afghanistan, South Asia, and the West: A Conversation with Professor William Maley, Professor of Diplomacy at Australia National University’s Asia- Pacific College of Diplomacy. (September 15, 2017)
Book Talk at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (January 10, 2018): Human Rights Futures (Cambridge University Press, 2017) co-edited by Jack L. Snyder, Robert and Renee Belfer Professor of International Relations in the political science department, Stephen Hopgood and Leslie Vinjamuri
Panel Discussion: "#MeToo and the National Security Space, Intel, Cyber and Gov’t" featuring: Tara Heidger, SIPA '19 and GAAPP '19, Dipali Mukhopadhyay, Assistant Professor of International and Public Affairs, School of International and Public Affairs, Antonia Chayes, Professor of Practice of International Politics and Law, The Fletcher School of International Affairs, Tufts University, Rachael Sullivan, SIPA '18Nora Bensahel, Distinguished Scholar, American University and Mara Karlin, Associate Professor of the Practice of Strategic Studies, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) Johns Hopkins University ( February 9, 2018)


Recent Events

“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 […]


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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