International security seminar series to explore policy issues

Author: Arts and Letters


The University of Notre Dame International Security Program (NDISP) will launch its 2009 seminar series Jan. 28 (Wednesday) with a presentation by Keir Leiber, professor of political science at Notre Dame, and Daryl Press, associate professor of government at Dartmouth College.

Titled “How Much is Enough? Nuclear Deterrence Then and Now,” the talk will begin at 4p.m. in Room C103 of the Hesburgh Center for International Studies. The event is free and open to Notre Dame students, faculty and staff.

The NDISP was established last year to provide a forum where leading scholars in national security studies from Notre Dame and elsewhere could come together to explore some of the most pressing issues in national security policy. The program is co-directed by Notre Dame political science faculty members Michael Desch, Lieber, Daniel Lindley and Sebastian Rosato.

Among this year’s notable speakers will be Brent Scowcroft, formerly national security advisor to Presidents Ford and George H.W. Bush and now of the Scowcroft Group, who will speak in April.

Scheduled topics and lecturers are:

  • Feb. 11 – “The Impact of Counter-terrorism Measures on Civil Society: A Recent Study,” David Cortright and George Lopez, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, Notre Dame
  • Feb. 25 – “Eclecticism in Security Studies: A Report from the Trenches,” Peter Katzenstein, Cornell University
  • March 27 – “Nuclear Disarmament, Terrorism and Global Security,” Rep. Dan Lungren, R-Calif., and retired U.S. Army Maj. Gen. William Burns
  • April 8 – “Preview of the Report of the Religion in U.S. Foreign Policy Task Force of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs,” R. Scott Appleby, Notre Dame
  • April 22 – “The Foreign Policy Challenges Facing the Obama Administration,” Scowcroft

Contact: Paul Avey,

Originally published by Julie Hail Flory at on January 22, 2009.