Dean James Steinberg and the Maxwell School Advisory Board invite you to visit the School’s
new D.C. home for an expert analysis of lessons learned in Afghanistan.
Ballots, Bucks, and Boots: Post-Conflict Lessons from Afghanistan
On April 2, Maxwell will host a public conversation on post-conflict reconstruction,
featuring Deborah Alexander ’82 MSSc/’95 PhD (SSc), former
senior policy advisor at the U.S. Department of State and a veteran of
several conflict and stabilization missions, including, recently, Afghanistan.
This event will take place at the Center for Strategic and International
Studies (CSIS) — the site of Maxwell’s striking new headquarters
in Washington. For most alumni and friends, this will be a first opportunity
to visit Maxwell’s classrooms, offices,and other facilities at CSIS.
Alexander will be joined in the conversation by Anthony H. Cordesman,
Arleigh A. Burke Chair in Strategy at CSIS and frequent adviser to the
U.S. State Department, Defense Department, and intelligence community;
and Maxwell School professor Renée de Nevers.
April 2, 2014
5 pm, Doors Open • 6 pm, Program
Guests are welcome
1616 Rhode Island Avenue NW
Can’t join us?
The event will be streamed live on Ustream and archived on the Maxwell School YouTube channel
More about our panelists:
Deborah Alexander ’82 MSSc/’95 PhD (SSc) is a former senior policy advisor at the U.S. State Department who has also held key positions at the Agency for International Development (USAID), U.S. Joint Forces Command, and the Organization for Security & Cooperation in Europe. She is a veteran of several conflict and stabilization missions, including, most recently, Afghanistan, where she was the first U.S. Deputy Head of Mission during the military counterinsurgency surge in the south and, earlier, the first civilian embedded with the Army Special Forces in Operation Enduring Freedom, establishing USG civilian-military field teams and overseeing USAID projects. Previously, she was a member of expeditionary diplomatic and development teams in Bosnia, Kosovo, and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. She has expertise in post-conflict elections and governance, stabilization, women’s advancement, and civil/military relations. Learn more about her at http://sumagazine.syr.edu/2011fall-winter/features/deborah_alexander.html.
Anthony H. Cordesman holds the Arleigh A. Burke Chair in Strategy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). At CSIS, he has completed a wide variety of studies on — among other topics — counterterrorism, armed nation building, security in the Middle East, and the Afghan and Iraq conflicts. He has traveled frequently to Afghanistan and Iraq to advise U.S. commands and embassies on the wars in those countries, and he was a member of the Strategic Assessment Group that assisted General Stanley McChrystal in developing a new strategy for Afghanistan in 2009. He frequently acts as an adviser to the U.S. State Department, Department of Defense, and intelligence community; and he has worked with U.S. officials on counterterrorism and security areas in a number of Middle East countries. Before joining CSIS, Cordesman served as director of intelligence assessment in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and as civilian assistant to the deputy secretary of defense. He also served in numerous other government positions, including in the State Department and on NATO International Staff.
Renée de Nevers is an associate professor of public administration and international affairs who specializes in matters of international security (with a focus on sovereignty and the war on terror), international relations, and private military and security companies. She has been a research fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, the Center for International Security and Cooperation and the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, and the International Institute for Strategic Studies. Her book, Comrades No More: the Seeds of Change in Eastern Europe, was published by the MIT Press in 2003. She is the co-author of Combating Terrorism (with William C. Banks and Mitchel Wallerstein), published by the Congressional Quarterly Press in 2008.
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