RSVP REQUIRED FOR ALL MEETINGS. Either sign-up ahead at CSDS on Tuesdays or email (We keep a wait list when we reach room capacity. To minimize disruption, please take your seat by 1pm).

Co-Chairs Nancy Walbridge Collins, Austin Long, and Stephanie Simone-Mahaney welcome you to the Columbia Seminar on Defense & Security (CSDS) co-sponsored by the Saltzman Institute & University Seminars. CSDS brings together individuals who analyze global security and military issues for discussion and debate. If you are not yet a member, we invite you to complete an application, to be included in future events.


What: Columbia Seminar on Defense & Security (CSDS)

Co-Sponsored by University Seminars & Saltzman Institute


Tuesdays, Informal Brown Bag  (12:00-1:00pm)

Speaker Hour   (1:00-2:00pm)

Where: International Affairs Building, Saltzman Seminar Room 1302

Why: To analyze global military issues and meet individuals who
work/study these problems.


March 24

Miki Noguchi, SIPA, MPA 2014

Private Potential for Peacebuilding: Applying UNDP’s Conflict-related Development Assessment 2.0 to Private Companies in Conflict Areas.

Steve Ferenzi, Major, US Army, MIA candidate 2015

Proxy Warfare and Foreign Fighters: The Challenge of Confronting the Islamic State.

Elad Popovich, Visiting Scholar, Columbia Law School

The Social-Media Wars: How Militarized Social-Media Canand Cannot Influence a Conflict’s Results


March 31

12noon -1:00pm: Clint Hinote

Risk, Drones, and New Air Strategies

Colonel, U.S. Air Force, is currently a Military Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, completed his pilot training on the F-16, and received his MA from Harvard University, and his PhD from the USAF Air University.

1:00pm -2:00pm: Joel Rosenthal

Global Leadership and Practical Ethics

President, Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, since 1995, teaches international affairs at Bard College, and received his BA from Harvard University and PhD from Yale University.


April 7

Richard Haass, Foreign Policy Begins At Home

President, Council on Foreign Relations, since 2003, with extensive service in the U.S. Departments of State and Defense, is the author or editor of twelve books on U.S. foreign policy, is a Rhodes Scholar, receiving his MA and PhD from Oxford University.