Columbia University Seminar on Defense and Security

The Columbia University Seminar on Defense and Security (CSDS) advances understanding of global military issues through sustained analysis. The seminar addresses the most urgent problems of our time; assesses strategies to resolve, mitigate, and meet these challenges; and initiates specific courses of action. This seminar is co-sponsored by University Seminars and the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies. Queries may be sent to

Nancy Walbridge Collins, Chair & Research Scholar, Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies

Daniel White, Rapporteur, School of International & Public Affairs

CSDS meets on Wednesdays in 1302 International Affairs.

PAST SPEAKERS have included: Charles E. Berger; Max Boot; Steve Coll; Robert Connell; Randy George; Richard Haass; LeAnne Noelani Howard; Whitney Kassel; Dan Keyserling; Stanley McChrystal; William McRaven; William Joe Miller; Erica C. Nelson; Suzanne E. Nielsen; Eric Olson; Nicolle Wallace; Jeromy Williams; Daniel Yoo.


September 25

Charles E. Berger

Federal Bureau of Investigations

October 9

Patrick J. Mahaney

National Center for Urban Operations

October 23

Whitney Kassel

Morgan Stanley

November 6

Liam Collins

West Point