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Current Challenges in Peacebuilding in the Americas:  Central America and the Andes

December 2, 2021 5:00-6:00 pm (AZ time)

Keith Mines, Director, Latin America Program, U.S. Institute of Peace, author of Why Nation Building Matters: Political Consolidation, Building Security Forces, and Economic Development in Failed and Fragile States

Co-sponsored with ASU International Development

America’s New Civil War

November 12, 2021 3:00-4:00 pm (AZ time)

Paul Kahn, Robert W. Winner Professor of Law and the Humanities, Yale Law School, Director, Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights

Co-sponsored with the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law

Women and War: Are They Incompatible

November 10, 2021 5:00-6:00 pm (AZ time)

GLA Harris,Senior Associate Dean of Strategic Initiatives, Professor, Thunderbird School of Global Management, author of Women of Color in Leadership: Taking Their Rightful Place

Co-sponsored with the Thunderbird School of Global Management 

100 Years Later: What Does Justice for the Tulsa Riot Look Like?

November 2, 2021 5:00-6:00 pm (AZ time)

Caleb Gayle, CEO, National Conference on Citizenship, New Arizona Fellow, New America

Co-sponsored with the Center for the Future of Arizona and the State of Black Arizona

More than Ready: Be Strong and Be You . . . and Other Lessons for Women of Color on the Rise

October 25, 2021 5:00-6:00 pm (AZ time)

Cecilia Muñoz, Senior Advisor, New America, MacArthur Fellow, former Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, former Senior Vice President, National Council of La Raza

Co-sponsored with the School of Politics and Global Studies and the Center for Latina/os and American Politics Research

Subtle Tools: The Dismantling of American Democracy from the War on Terror to Donald Trump

October 19, 2021 5:00-6:00 pm 

Karen Greenberg, Director, Center on National Security, Fordham Law, International Studies Fellow, New America, and author and editor of numerous books including Rogue Justice: The Making of the Security State 

The Rise and Fall of Osama bin Laden

October 7, 2021 5:00-6:00 pm (AZ time)

Peter Bergen, Professor of Practice in the School of Politics and Global Studies at ASU, Co-Director of the Center on the Future of War, Vice President for Global Studies and Fellows at New America, author and a CNN national security analyst.


Book discussion and signing with Brad Allenby, Peter Bergen, and Daniel Rothenberg on Drone Wars: Transforming Conflict, Law, and Policy (Cambridge University Press)
December 8, 2014
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, AZ

Daniel Rothenberg “Researching the Covert”
November 22, 2014
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, AZ, part of day-long seminar entitled “Stop Asking and Start Questioning: Information, Secrecy and Surveillance Since 9/11

Daniel Rothenberg, “Drones and Covert Operations”
November 6, 2014
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, AZ, linked with exhibition, “Covert Operations: Investigating the Known Unknowns

Daniel Rothenberg, “U.S. policy in Iraq and Syria”
October 9, 2014
Organized with Veterans for Peace, Burton Barr Central Library, Phoenix, AZ

Peter Bergen, “Jihadist Terrorism: Is Al Qaeda on the March or on the Decline?”
September 4, 2014
School of Politics and Global Studies, Tempe, AZ

Screening of “American War Generals,” introduced by Dean Christopher Callahan followed by a discussion with Peter Bergen and Lt. Gen. (ret.) Benjamin Freakley moderated by Daniel Rothenberg
September 3, 2014
Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Phoenix, AZ 


“Comparative Genocide Symposium,” featuring talks by Center faculty Milli Lake, Martin Matustik and Daniel Rothenberg
October 23, 2015
Coor Hall, Tempe, AZ

“Global Forum - Jihadi Movements and the West: Addressing Conflict in the Middle East,” featuring talks by Douglas A. Ollivant and Daniel Rothenberg
October 9, 2015
Rio Salado Community College, Tempe, AZ

“Is the U.S. Responsible for the Rise of ISIS? A Debate” with Col. (ret.) Peter Mansoor and Daniel Rothenberg, co-sponsored with the Alexander Hamilton Society
September 21, 2015
Memorial Union, Tempe AZ

“Fifteen Years After 9/11 Project: Humanities and the Impact of War on American Civic Life,” with Nancy Dallett, Peter Lehman, Daniel Rothenberg and Mark von Hagen
September 11, 2015
Institute for Humanities Research, Tempe, AZ

“Send the Marines, All of the Marines: Women's Leadership in the U.S. Marine Corps,” organized as part of Marine Week and featuring female Marine Corps officers
September 10, 2015
Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Phoenix, AZ

“Why ISIS Will Be Defeated,” Douglas A. Ollivant
February 8, 2015
Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Tempe, AZ


"Weaponized Narratives: Civilizational Conflict and the Russian-Ukrainian War"
April 25, 2017 | More information
Braden Allenby - President’s Professor, Lincoln Professor of Engineering and Ethics, and Professor of Civil, Environmental and Sustainable Engineering, and of Law
Mark von Hagen – Professor, History and Global Studies, School of International Letters and Cultures & School of Politics and Global Studies; Interim Director, Melikian Center for Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies; Founding Director, Office for Veteran and Military Academic Engagement
Please RSVP to
*Coor Hall room 184 is located on the south side (exterior) of the Lattie F Coor Hall building on the ground/street level.  The two entrance doors to Coor 184 are on the outdoor walkway running between Coor Hall and Payne Hall.
This event is free/open to the public and is sponsored by ASU’s:
- Melikian Center for Russian, Eurasian & East European Studies
- Center on the Future of War
- Office for Veteran and Military Academic Engagement

ASU's 7th Annual Human Rights Film Festival
April 7, 2017 | More information
Each year, Human Rights at ASU sponsors a film festival to engage students, faculty, staff, and the greater community in a discussion of human rights issues through film and discussion. This year’s three-day festival will focus on human rights at risk in the United States. Our terrific speakers include award-winning filmmaker Maxim Pozdorovkin; former Ambassador and indigenous rights champion H.E. Mr. Crispin S. Gregoire; Phyllis Young, Cofounder of Women of All Red Nations; Drs. Alesha Durfee (WGS), Rashad Shabazz (JSI), and Jen Richter (JSI); and numerous community activists and advocates.

For more information on topical sessions, or to RSVP for a session, please select the links below:

Friday, April 7, 2017, 4-6:30 p.m.: Immigrant Rights and Wellbeing
Saturday, April 8, 2017, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.: - Trapped: What Remains of a Woman’s Right to Choose?
Saturday, April 8, 2017, 12-3 p.m.: Racism and the Militarization of Policing in America
Saturday, April 8, 2017, 3:30-5 p.m.: Poverty and Economic Mobility
Sunday, April 9, 2017, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.: Indigenous Rights and the Extractive Industry

Admission is free and refreshments will be available. All sessions will be held at College Avenue Commons Auditorium on the Tempe Campus.

Crimea and its place in Putin's Russia - Discussion by Dr. Constantine Pleshakov
February 15, 2017
This event is free and open to the public and cosponsored by:
the ASU Melikian Center for Russian, Eurasian and East European Studies,
the ASU School of International Letters and Cultures
ASU's Payne Hall (EDB) room 208. For more information, go to

"Unseen Wounds: Understanding Moral Injury" featuring talks by Tom Frame, University of South Wales, and Brad Allenby, Arizona State University; co-sponsored with ASU Office for Veteran and Military Academic Engagement
September 22, 2016
La Paz, Memorial Union, Tempe,AZ

"Religion, Conflict, and Terrorism in the Public Consciousness" featuring talks by Anand Gopal, Daniel Rothenberg, John Carlson, and Delia Saenz; co-sponsored with the Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict
September 7, 2016 | More information
West Hall, Tempe, AZ


Peter L. Bergen, "The Future of Terrorism"
October 30, 2017
Coor Hall Room 4403, ASU Tempe Campus
Bergen is Vice President at New America, Professor of Practice in the School of Politics and Global Studies, Co-Director of the Center on the Future of War, and the author of many bestselling books.
Event is co-sponsored with the Center for Political Thought and Leadership

Rosa Brooks, "War Comes Home: How Post-9/11 Conflicts Have Transformed US Policing"
October 12, 2017
Pima Room, Memorial Union, ASU Tempe Campus
Brooks is an ASU Future of War Senior Fellow at New American, professor at the Georgetown Unviersity Law Center, and author of How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything.

Senators Working On Updating Authorization Of Military Force
July 5, 2017 | More information
The U.S. sent troops into Afghanistan following the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and a Congressional Authorization for Use of Military Force, or AUMF, was put into effect. But there are questions about whether that AUMF can or should apply to the nation’s efforts in Syria, Iraq or Yemen.
Sens. Jeff Flake and Tim Kaine have been working on a new bipartisan authorization to update it.
To learn more about a possible new AUMF, we spoke with Jeff Kubiak. He is a senior fellow at ASU’s Center on the Future of War.


North Korea, Nuclear Weapons, and Human Rights
April 11, 2019 | More information
Memorial Union, La Paz Room 242, 3:00pm-4:30pm 
Ambassador Robert R. King is a senior advisor (non-resident) at CSIS. He served as special envoy for North Korea human rights issues at the U.S. Department of State. He was nominated by President Barack Obama, confirmed by the U.S. Senate, and served in that position from November 2009 to January 2017. Ambassador King led U.S. efforts to press North Korea for progress on its human rights, U.S. humanitarian work in North Korea, and the treatment of U.S. citizens being held in the North. He represented the United States in international organizations dealing with these issues. Earlier, Dr. King was staff director of the House Foreign Affairs Committee under Chairmen Tom Lantos and Howard Berman and prior to that was a senior professional staff member of the committee (1993–2009). He was concurrently chief of staff to Representative Tom Lantos (1983–2009). In the 1970s, as a White House fellow, he was a member of the National Security Council staff working with Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski in the Jimmy Carter administration. He was also assistant director of research and senior analyst at Radio Free Europe in Munich Germany (1970–1977). Dr. King holds a Ph.D. in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and a B.A. in political science from Brigham Young University. An adjunct professor, he has taught courses in international relations and U.S. foreign policy in a number of graduate and undergraduate programs. He was awarded the Knight’s Cross Order of Merit by the president of the Republic of Hungary.
Co-Sponsored by Center on the Future of War and Center for Asian Research 

Anne-Marie Slaughter, "Webcraft in the Balkans: Building Resilience and Stabilization Networks"
January 30, 2019
Anne-Marie Slaughter is the president and CEO of New America, a think and action tank dedicated to renewing America in the Digital Age. She is also the Bert G. Kerstetter ‘66 University Professor Emerita of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University. From 2009–2011, she served as director of policy planning for the United States Department of State, the first woman to hold that position. Prior to her government service, Slaughter was the Dean of Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs from 2002–2009 and the J. Sinclair Armstrong Professor of International, Foreign, and Comparative Law at Harvard Law School from 1994-2002. Foreign Policy magazine named her to their annual list of the Top 100 Global Thinkers in 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012. She has written or edited eight books, including "The Chessboard and the Web: Strategies of Connection in a Networked World" and "Unfinished Business: Women, Men, Work, Family," as well as over 100 scholarly articles.
“This is the keynote address for “Internationalizing Kosovo 1989-2019,” a Kopf Conference. For more information click here.
Space is limited, please RSVP to attend this event.
Sponsored by The Melikian Center: Russian, Eurasian & East European Studies, the Center on the Future of War and the School of Politics and Global Studies

Asian Politics Roundtable: How Should the Trump Administration Handle Current National Security Challenges?
October 17, 2018
West Hall 135, 6:00pm-8:00pm
In this event, four distinguished ASU faculty will discuss global security issues in Asia. The speakers include:
  • China: Stephen R. MacKinnon, Emeritus Prof. of Modern Chinese History
  • Japan and East Asia: Aaron S. Moore, Assoc. Prof of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies
  • Philippines/Southeast Asia: James Rush, Prof. of History, Interim Dir., Center for Asian Research
  • Nuclear Weapons/ Korean Peninsula: Sheldon Simon, Emeritus Professor, Sch. of Pol. and Global Studies

Anand Gopal "The Microfoundations of Civil War: Statebuilding and Insurgency in Afghanistan"
September 25, 2018 | More information
COOR Hall 6607, 11:45am
Co-Sponsored with the Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict
Anand Gopal will present a paper on governance and conflict in Afghanistan that contributes to the study of civil war, based on several years of fieldwork. While in Afghanistan, Prof. Gopal learned Dari and Pashto and gained access to communities where few other Westerners have worked. Gopal is Assistant Research Professor at the Center on the Future of War and the Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict, a journalist and sociologist, and author of No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban and the War Through Afghan Eyes which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award. He is currently researching the conflicts in Iraq and Syria.

Little Gandhi Film Screening
September 18, 2018 | More information
Memorial Union, Pima Auditorium Room 230, 6:00pm
The feature documentary follows the life of iconic Syrian peace activist Ghiyath Matar, who became internationally known as "Little Gandhi". Matar was a key organizer of peaceful protests in his hometown of Daraya, inspiring people worldwide. His brutal torture and death at the age of 26 outraged the international community and erupted into one of the most violent crises in modern history.


India’s Future in Crisis? Kashmir, Assam, and the Fate of Democracy
October 2, 2019
James Rush, Arizona State University (moderator)
Ather Zia, University of Northern Colorado Greeley
Suvir Kaul, University of Pennsylvania
Yasmin Saikia, Arizona State University
Daniel Rothenberg, Arizona State University

Making Sense of Syria's Proxy War
October 24, 2019                                                                                           
Anand Gopal is a sociologist (Ph.D. Columbia), award-winning journalist, and author of “No Good Men Among the Living”.  

Preventative War and Proxy Conflict: Lessons from the Counter ISIS Campaign       
November 21, 2019
David Sterman is a senior policy analyst at New America and holds a master's degree from Georgetown’s Center for Security Studies. His current research focuses on terrorism and violent extremism in America, immigration and terrorist threats, foreign fighter recruitment, and the effectiveness and consequences of American counterterrorism efforts.

Coming Home: Dialogues on the Moral, Psychological, and Spiritual Impacts of War      
December 10, 2019          
This half-day event brought together thought leaders engaged with moral injury and the profound impact of the lived experience of war. The event included academics, military leaders, veterans, journalists and clinicians to explore the value of humanities (philosophy, history, poetry, and literature) as the basis for dialogues exploring the moral, psychological, and spiritual effects of war on the warrior as she or he returns home.                     
Co-sponsored by the Center on the Future of War, which links Arizona State University and New America.


Crisis Convergence in America & the Global Rise of Authoritarianism  
July 30, 2020                    
Candace Rondeaux is a New America senior fellow and professor of practice teaching for the MA in Global Security program. 

Contemporary Liminal Warfare: A Case Study 
August 26, 2020                              
David Kilcullen is a Professor of Practice in the Center on the Future of War and the School of Politics and Global Studies, a Senior Fellow at New America and an author, strategist and counterinsurgency expert.

The War for Gaul: How Julius Caesar’s ideas on Strategy Help Us Face Contemporary Challenges     
October 6, 2020                          
James O’Donnell, ASU University Librarian and former Provost and University Professor at Georgetown University. The conversation was guided by LtGen (ret) Robert Schmidle, ASU Professor of Practice, the first Deputy Commander of U.S. Cyber Command, and a combat pilot with over 4,700 hours logged in tactical fighters. O’Donnell and Schmidle discussed the value of reading Julius Caesar’s ideas on strategy, politics, and conflict in the 21st century.

COVID-19 as a ‘hinge event’ and the implications for U.S. security   
October 14, 2020                     
A livestream discussion with Peter L. Bergen and Daniel Rothenberg, Center Co-Directors, moderated by Prof. Souad Ali. The event focused on COVID-19 as a ‘hinge event’ in American history, like the Great Depression or 9/11, engaging how the pandemic reveals major structural weaknesses in American society and undermines already fraying trust in the capacity of the US government to respond effectively to core security challenges, suggesting a need to shift the language of security from a defense model to one of resilience.

Co-sponsored with the ASU Council for Arabic and Islamic Studies.

Diversity in National Security: How to Ensure More Women Hold Leadership Positions
November 18, 2020
Heather Hurlburt is Director of New America’s New Models of Policy Change a former senior staffer in the White House and Department of State. Laura Kupe is Counsel on the Committee on Homeland Security, former Special Assistant at the Department of Homeland Security and Youth Ambassador for Women of Color Advancing Peace, Security, and Conflict Transformation. And Jeannette Haynie is a former Marine Corps officer with a PhD in International Relations and Founder and Executive Director of the Athena Leadership Project, which seeks to elevate the stories of female veterans and conduct research into how gender-diverse teams and leadership impact national security.

What Now? The Future of the JCPOA and the Iranian Nuclear Program
December 2, 2020
Joe Brazda is an affiliated expert on nonproliferation at CRDF Global headquartered in Washington D.C.. Brazda spent several years researching, writing and lecturing on topics such as Iran, DPRK, nuclear weapons and delivery systems at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies. Additionally, he has worked for the Center for Global Security Research at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the IAEA in Vienna, Austria.