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March 2019

MWI Speaker Series – Maj. Clodia O’Neill: Responding to the Salisbury Nerve Agent Attack

March 25, 2019 @ 12:35 pm - 1:50 pm
Washington Hall 5300

On March 4, 2018, Sergei Skripal, a former Russian military officer and double agent for the UK's intelligence services, and his daughter Yulia Skripal were poisoned in Salisbury, England, with a deadly nerve agent, according to official UK sources and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. Maj. Clodia O’Neill, a chemical officer with the British Army who was involved in the response to the attack, will share her insights in an era where chemical weapons are far from…

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April 2019

MWI Speaker Series – David Atkinson and David Schnier: “Security Policy on the South China Sea”

April 23, 2019 @ 12:35 pm - 1:50 pm
Washington Hall 5300

Please join the Modern War Institute and the DS370: Strategy and Policy course on April 23 as we learn about South China Sea policies and the current administration’s use of the National Security Council. We are fortunate to have two Department of State colleagues visit West Point and explain the nuances of their areas of expertise. David Atkinson currently serves as the Director of Regional Security Policy for East Asia and Pacific Affairs at the Department of State. David recently…

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September 2019

MWI Speaker Series: Dr. Bear Braumoeller – “Why War Won’t Go Away”

September 25, 2019 @ 12:35 pm - 1:50 pm
Washington Hall 5006

Dr. Bear F. Braumoeller is a professor in the Department of Political Science at The Ohio State University. His present work focuses on the decline-of-war thesis, as well as the relationship between international order and international conflict. Dr. Braumoeller’s most recent book is Only the Dead: The Persistence of War in the Modern Age. In this MWI Speaker Series event, he will discuss how, despite the recent conventional wisdom that war is going out of style, the evidence simply doesn't support this…

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October 2019

MWI Speaker Series: Medal of Honor Recipient Staff Sgt. David Bellavia

October 1, 2019 @ 12:35 pm - 1:50 pm
Robinson Auditorium

On June 25, 2019, Staff Sgt. David Bellavia received the Medal of Honor in a White House ceremony, making him the sixth servicemember to receive the award for actions during the Iraq War. In 2004, Bellavia was deployed to Iraq, serving as a squad leader in 2nd Battalion, 2nd Infantry Regiment. On the night of November 10, 2004, in Fallujah, Bellavia's squad was tasked with clearing a number of buildings of insurgents. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions…

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November 2019

MWI War Council – Counterterrorism in the Philippines

November 6, 2019 @ 12:35 pm - 1:50 pm
Washington Hall 5300

Lt. Gen. Danilo Pamonag was the ground commander of the Siege of Zamboanga, he victoriously led the Joint Special Operation Task Force in a daring, twenty-one-day urban battle that defeated five hundred rogue Moro National Liberation Front forces and subsequently rescued 195 out of 197 hostages the group had been holding. Four years later, when the Siege of Marawi broke out, he was designated as the ground commander of the main battle area. He later became the overall commander of…

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