Seminar Series


Feb. 20, 2008 - "International Humanitarian Law: A Student Training Seminar"
A special student training seminar on International Humanitarian Law (IHL) featuring Michael Khambatta and Dr. Nils Melzer from the International Committee of the Red Cross.

March 18, 2008 - "Conflicts in the 21st Century: Implications of the Changing Character of War"
Lt. Gen. David W. Barno, USA (Ret.)

April 8, 2008 - John F. Kennedy, Jr. Forum: "After Guantanamo Bay...The Way Ahead"
Carr Center Fellow Commander Glenn Sulmasy organized this panel discussion, co-sponsored with the HKS Institute of Politics’ John F. Kennedy, Jr. Forum, featuring Commander Sulmasy, Dr. Lois Fischer; Library of Congress, and Charles Stimson; the Heritage Foundation; and moderated by Sarah Sewall.

April 15, 2008 - "The British COIN Campaign in Southern Iraq: Defeat into Victory?"
Dr. Daniel Marston, Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, Australian National University


November 2007 - Working session review of "The Metrics Framework for Assessing Conflict Transformation and Stabilization," held at Harvard Kennedy School. Measuring Progress in Conflict Environments (MPICE) is a collaborative project by the United States Institute of Peace, the United States Army Corps of Engineers, and the United States Army Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute. MPICE aims to provide a baseline assessment tool for diagnosis of stabilization challenges and also to measure progress from the point of intervention. The framework focuses on drivers of violent conflict and instability and the capacity of indigenous institutions to address them in three conflict transformation stages. The framework will be published in 2008 along with a handbook for policy-makers.

The Long War Series

Apr. 23 2007 - Panel: “Understanding the Terrorist Perspective” With Dr. Jessica Stern, Lecturer in Public Policy (KSG) and author of Terror in the Name of God: Why Religious Militants Kill, Louise Richardson, Executive Dean of the Radcliffe Institute and author of What Terrorists Want, and Sarah Sewall (moderator), Lecturer in Public Policy and Director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy.

Apr. 13 2007 - "Enemy Combatants, Torture and the Military Commissions Act of 2006" A public address by Neal Katyal, Professor of Law, Georgetown University. Lead counsel in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld.
Mar. 22 2007 - Address by Mark Malloch Brown, Former Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations.
Mar. 8 2007 - "Journalistic Perspectives on Iraq: Seeking Truth in War," George Packer, author of Assassin's Gate, Dexter Filkins, NYT reporter Packer and Filkins discuss reporting on Iraq, followed by Q&A
Feb. 12 2007 - "The 2006 Israel-Hezbollah War as a Model for the War against Terrorism". A seminar with Bill Arkin, NBC News military analyst and columnist for the


Nov. 30 2006 - Senator Gary Hart, “Fallacies of the Long War.”

Nov. 17 2006 - General John Philip Abizaid, “Challenges in the Long War,” Kennedy School Forum. Evening Address.
Oct. 23 2006 - Tom Ricks of The Washington Post discusses his new book "Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq."
Oct. 16 2006 - Ambassador Richard Holbrooke and Samantha Power, “Fighting the War on Terror: A Short-Term Vision for a Long-Term Conflict?”
Oct. 10 2006 - Lawrence Wright, author of "The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11," will discuss the origins of the 9/11 attacks and America’s response.
Sept. 13 2006 - Film, The War Tapes (2006): A screening of the award-winning documentary of Operation Iraqi Freedom will be accompanied by a discussion with three of the soldiers who filmed the movie and the executive producer, Chuck Lacy.

March 23, 2006 - "The FBI's Approach to Interrogations"
Bill Corbett, Member of the FBI Counterterrorism's Operational Response Section

March 20, 2006 - "The Rise of 'Lawfare' and the Global War on Terrorism"
BG Charles Dunlap, Staff Judge Advocate at Headquarters Air Combat Command (ACC) at Langley Air Force Base and the principal legal adviser to the ACC Commander and staff on legal issues

March 16, 2006 - " Learning Stability and Reconstruction Lessons from Iraq"
LTC Dennis Cahill and Col Peter DeLuca

March 14, 2006 -"U.S. Military Training and Civilian Protection"
Bonnie Docherty, Researcher in the Arms Division at Human Rights Watch and a Clinical Advocacy Fellow at Harvard Law School

March 7, 2006 - "The New Private Military Industry"
Sean McFate, Program Manager for DynCorp International

February 16, 2006 - "The Need for Change in the Global Response to Explosive Remnants of War"
Cris Stephen, Program Officer at the United Nations Mine Action Service in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations

February 9, 2006 - "Legal Issues in the War on Terrorism"
Jelena Pejic, Legal Adviser for the International Committee of the Red Cross


December 15, 2005 - "The Narrative Dimensions of Terrorism: Hizballah Storytelling, West African Propaganda, and the Roots of Political Violence"
William D. Casebeer, PhD (Major, USAF);
Carr Center for Human Rights Policy Project Fellow/Naval Postgraduate School
Sarah Sewall, (Moderator) Carr Center for Human Rights Policy

Terrorism--the killing of innocent people for a political purpose--is a significant human rights threat. Whether state-sponsored or not, the use of terrorism as a tactic is often justified by reference to narratives and stories. These stories serve multiple purposes, reinforcing the group identities required for mobilization to occur, feeding plotlines justifying violent responses to perceived injustices, and (via a process of moral desensitization) lowering the psychological bar required for people to be willing to kill one another. Here, I examine stories from Hizballah propaganda in Lebanon and from salafist Islamic recruitment activity in West Africa to drive home these points. Only by understanding these processes as they manifest themselves in terrorism systematically, can we hope to formulate a counter-terrorism strategy geared for long-term success.

May 2, 2005 - "The New American Militarism: A Discussion with Author Andrew Bacevich"
Andrew J. Bacevich, Professor of International Relations, Boston University
Sarah Sewall, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy; Moderator

Sponsored by The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs International Security Program & The Carr Center for Human Rights Policy

As a West Point graduate, a soldier for twenty-three years, a Vietnam veteran, and someone whose son is currently serving with the US Army, someone whose son is currently serving with the US Army, Bacevich is not your usual antiwar critic. Bacevich cautions those who would attribute this militarism to one president or one political party. As never before, a majority of citizens and elected officials have become enthralled with our armed might. The concept of military power has become central to our national identity and policymakers continue to nurse grandiose expectations of what force can actually accomplish. The results, Bacevich clearly shows, are bound to be military follies like the current situation in Iraq, as well as an inability to confront effectively those problems, like terrorism, that present our biggest challenges.

March 24, 2005 - "U.S. Military Operations in Afghanistan: The Civilian Perspective"
A Panel Discussion with:
David Rhode, Shorenstein Fellow and Foreign Correspondent, The New York Times
Habib Rahiab, Human Rights Program Fellow and Former Researcher, Human Rights Watch in Afghanistan
Masuda Sultan, MPA/MC student at KSG and Program Director, Women for Afghan Women
Kelley Friel, (Moderator) Research Assistant, Project on the Means of Intervention, Carr Center

February 23, 2005 - "Special Operations Targeting in Afghanistan: A Discussion with Former Special Operations Commanders"
A Panel Discussion with:
LTC(P) John Alexander, Special Forces Officer
CDR Charles Wolf, US Navy SEAL
LTC(P) Steve Smith, US Army Artillery Officer
Sarah Sewall (Moderator), Carr Center for Human Rights Policy


September 30, 2004 - "Advocating for a US Response to Civilian Casualties in Iraq"
A Brown Bag Discussion with Marla Ruzicka, Founder, CIVIC

Marla Ruzicka is an advocate who began a door-to-door survey of civilian casualties in Iraq the day after Saddam's statue fell. She founded the non-profit organization, CIVIC, Campaign for Innocent Victims In Conflict, and formed survey teams to fan-out across the country and gather first-hand accounts of civilian casualties (including the dead, injured, homeless, displaced and abused.)

March 12, 2004 - "The Mission: Waging War and Keeping Peace with America’s Military"
Dana Priest, Journalist, The Washington Post and Author, The Mission: Waging War and Keeping Peace with America’s Military

Co-sponsored by WAPPP and the Shorenstein Center

Dana Priest is a Journalist for the Washington Post, where she has worked for 14 years on a variety of beats, including a position as Assistant Foreign Editor. Since 1995, she has written about the U.S. military, first as the Washington Post's Pentagon correspondent and now as an investigative reporter. Ms. Priest has written extensively about the nation's four regional commanders-in-chief, the Army's peacekeeping missions in Bosnia and Kosovo, women in the military, and the Defense Department's programs to rebuild the militaries of Central Europe. She was a guest scholar at the US Institute of Peace and a recent recipient of the MacArthur Foundation Research and Writing Grant. She is the author of The Mission: Waging War and Keeping Peace with America's Military, a book about the military's expanding influence over American foreign policy and its implications for civil-military relations. She has also been a participant in the Carr Center's Project on the Means of Intervention Workshop Series.


November 18, 2003 - "Civilian Casualties in Iraq"
Marla Ruzicka, CIVIC (Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict)
Sarah Sewall, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy

Marla Ruzicka is the founder of CIVIC (Campaign for Innocent Victims In Conflict), an organization that helps civilians who have lost family and property in war. She has organized surveys of civilian damage in Afghanistan and Iraq. She is also currently working with Congress and the U.S. government to facilitate the provision of assistance to conflict victims.

October 14, 2003 - "Slouching Toward Kosovo: Matching Moral Expectations and Military capabilities in Modern Warfare"
Conrad Crane, US Army Military History Institute, and Participant, Project on the Means of Intervention Workshops
Sarah Sewall, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy

Conrad Crane is director of the U.S. Army Military History Institute. Prior to his current position, he held the Douglas MacArthur chair of research at the U.S. Army War College. Crane served for twenty-six years in the Army, with his final tour as professor of history at the U.S. Military Academy. He has published articles on military issues in such publications as The National Interest, Journal of Military History and Journal of Strategic Studies, and has written or co-authored books on the American Civil War, World War I, World War II and the Korean War. Since October 2002, he has been in charge of a War College team looking at military responsibilities in post-conflict scenarios. He has also been an active member of the Carr Center's Project on the Means of Intervention workshop series.

Friday, March 7, 2003 - "To Iraq and Back? An Airman's Perspective on Contemporary Military Operations"
Speakers: Colonel Gary Crowder, United States Air Force
Facilitator: Sarah Sewall, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy

Please join us for a discussion with Air Force Colonel Gary Crowder about recent and future U.S. military operations. Col. Crowder is a veteran participant in the Project on the Means of Intervention, the Carr Center's sponsored dialogue between the military and human rights communities. Col. Crowder has been intimately involved in planning and operations in Operations Desert Storm, Desert Fox, Allied Force, and Enduring Freedom. He will share his perspective on these operations and discuss considerations that factor into U.S. planning and possible operations against Iraq.

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