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 or CSDS Co-Chairs. All are welcome to participate.

Nancy Walbridge Collins
Columbia University, Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies

Austin Long
Columbia University, Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies

CSDS meets on Tuesdays, 12:00-2:00pm, International Affairs Building, Saltzman Seminar Room 1302. The first hour is an informal brown bag / drop-by discussion (12noon-1:00pm), and the Speaker Hour (1:00-2:00) is more formal, with an RSVP required to We keep a wait list when we reach room capacity. To minimize disruption, we ask that participants arrive by 1:00pm. Members are given priority seating if the seminar is oversubscribed.

Membership applications are available at the seminar.


2016-2017 Autumn Semester

October 11

Vipin Narang, Mitsui Career Development Associate Professor of Political Science at MIT and a member of MIT’s Security Studies Program

Rajan Menon, Anne and Bernard Spitzer Chair in Political Science at the City College of New York/City University of New York

October 18

Patrick Mahaney, Director, U.S. Army Strategic Studies

October 25

Michael Harris, US Army Fellow at Columbia University, 2016-2017

November 1

Daniel Keyserling, Senior Advisor to Chairman, Alphabet (formerly known as Google)

November 15

Whitney Kassel, Director, Palantir Technologies