Conferences: 2005

Counterinsurgency in Iraq: Implications of Irregular Warfare for the United States Government - November 7-8, 2005

Conference Participants

This introductory workshop launched a new series of Project discussions about the unique challenges of irregular warfare. Cosponsored by the US Army War College, the workshop put the counterinsurgency campaign in Iraq in historical perspective; considered the US Government's ability to assess political, economic and military challenges on the ground; reviewed the success of operations to date; and discussed broader and long term requirements for an effective US Government response to irregular warfare. Participants included experts in security, foreign policy, nation-building, human rights, and law, as well as U.S. military and civilian personnel currently shaping or executing Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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Anthony Cordesman
Center for Strategic and International Studies

Michèle Flournoy (Panel Four: Implications for the USG)
CSIS International Security Program

Lieutenant Colonel Robert Gilchrist (Panel Two: Assessing the Challenge in Iraq)
United States Air Force Academy

Stuart Gordon (Panel One: Great Powers and Irregular Challenges)
University of Reading and Royal Military Academy Sandhurst Commander

Colonel T.X. Hammes (Ret.) (Panel One: Great Powers and Irregular Challenges)
Oxford University

Michael McClintock (Panel One: Great Powers and Irregular Challenges)
Human Rights First

Lieutenant Colonel John Nagl (Panel One: Great Powers and Irregular Challenges)
Office of the Deputy Secretary of Defense

Teaching Leadership and Ethics Post-9/11: Civilian & Military Perspectives on Preparing the Nation’s Leaders - May 25-26, 2005

This educators’ conference drew educators concerned with ethics and leadership from the Harvard community and from military colleges and senior service schools. Participants explored differences in teaching at their respective institutions and the competing approaches of education and training, including distinctions between academic inquiry and professional preparation. Using the case study of Abu Ghraib, they discussed the diversity of potential pedagogical approaches to the case teaching and more broadly considered the impact of post 9/11 international security challenges on their teaching. We hope that this can be the beginning of an ongoing regularized exchange between instructors at civilian and military institutions and welcome inquiries and suggestions to that end.

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Democracy and Human Rights at WHINSEC - January 20-21, 2005

The Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC), in coordination with the Project on the Means of Intervention, hosted a group of representatives from human rights organizations -- including Human Rights Watch, the Center for International Policy, and the Carr Center -- to discuss the Institute's Democracy and Human Rights curriculum. In addition to exchanging ideas about course materials and strengthening ties between WHINSEC and the human rights community, the visitors observed classroom instruction and participated in a panel discussion with students. WHINSEC, located at Ft. Benning, GA, provides professional education and training for civilian, military and law enforcement students from throughout the Western Hemisphere.

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