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National Security Policy Speaker Series

The National Security Policy Speaker Series is a series of speaker events hosted by cPASS and GPS at UCSD. Speakers include policymakers and actors who operate within the National Security space. Talk topics include cybersecurity, weapons of mass destruction, nuclear weapons, region-specific security talks, and more.


April 10, 2019: Lieutenant General Wallace "Chip" Gregson, Retired U.S. Marine Corps and Senior Advisor Avascent Global Advisors, presented "The INDOPACIFIC, Big Things, Wicked Problems, No Easy Solutions"

March 7, 2019: Joshua Kertzer, Assistant Professor of Government at Harvard University, presented "Trade Attitudes in the Wild: Information, Interests, and the Origins of Individual-Level Trade Preferences"

February 22, 2019: Takako Hikotani, Professor of Modern Japanese Politics and Foreign Policy at Columbia University, presented "The Paradox of Anti-Militarism in Japan: Why did the 'peace constitution' undermine democratic control?" 

January 31, 2019: Amy Pond, Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Texas A&M University, presented "The Responsiveness of Financial Securities to Taxation"

January 24, 2019: Layna Mosley, Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, presented "Government Choices over Borrowing Strategies"

January 10, 2019: Nathan Jensen, Professor in the Department of Government at the University of Texas, Austin, presented "Home Country Attributes and Elite Evaluations of Political Risk Abroad"


November 15, 2018: Vice Admiral Robert Thomas, Retired U.S. Navy presented "Taking Stock of U.S. Treaty Alliances in the Indo-Pacific, a Practitioner's Perspective"

October 18, 2018: Heidi Hardt, Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Irvine, presented "Learning from Failure: Institutional Memory in NATO Crisis Management"

May 21, 2018: John Lauder, Vice President for Intelligence, Threat Reduction and Homeland Security Programs at Arete Associates and NPEC Board Member

May 7, 2018: Brad Roberts, Director of the Center for Global Security Research at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

February 7, 2018: Torrey Froscher, CIA Foreign Weapons Proliferation and Programs Analyst, presented "North Korea's Nuclear Program: From an Intelligence Perspective"



November 17, 2017: Paul Stares, Director of the Center for Preventive Action at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), presented "America's Next War and How to Prevent It"

October 18, 2017: Henry Sokolski, Executive Director of the Nonproliferation Education Center, presented "How Peaceful Might East Asia's Civil Nuclear Programs Be?"