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January 2018

War Council — Unrest and Uncertainty in Iran

January 23 @ 12:50 pm - 1:45 pm
Bartlett Hall 454,

Uncertainty over the Iranian nuclear deal and mass protests in the streets of Iranian cities have left the country and its neighbors unsettled. What are the strategic implications for the US military? Panelists participating in this MWI War Council event include Mr. Zaid Thabit (Combating Terrorism Center), Dr. Amir Irani-Tehrani (Department of Foreign Languages), and MAJ Alex Deep (Department of Social Sciences).

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Defeating ISIS in Mosul — Col. Pat Work

January 24 @ 12:50 pm - 1:45 pm
Washington Hall 5006,

Col. James "Pat" Work is the commander of Falcon Brigade, 2nd BCT, 82nd Airborne Division. Col. Work and his brigade, by advising and assisting the Iraqi Army, spearheaded the clearing of Mosul against an extremely capable and dug-in adversary. In August 2017, the Falcons and the Iraqi Army successfully defeated ISIS in Mosul, crippling the terrorist group's operations in Iraq.

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The Perils and Prospects of Drone Proliferation

January 30 @ 12:50 pm - 1:45 pm
Washington Hall 5006,

Sarah Kreps is an Associate Professor in Cornell University’s Department of Government. Her research focuses on issues of international security, particularly questions of conflict and cooperation, alliance politics, political economy, and nuclear proliferation. Her most recent book is Drones: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford, 2016), which offers a practical guide to how drone technology is reshaping both military and civilian life.

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February 2018

Why We Never Think Alone: Explaining “the Knowledge Illusion’”

February 12 @ 12:50 pm - 1:45 pm
Washington Hall 5300,

Dr. Steven Sloman of Brown University and Philip Fernbach discuss how the key to our intelligence and knowledge actually lies in our surroundings and the community we interact with. This is critical for military thinking and learning at the tactical level, given that young officers' knowledge and expertise are coming not from within us but from their immediate surroundings.

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