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Speaker Series

The Center for Peace and Security Studies sponsors scholars throughout the world to come to give talks at The University of California San Diego. 

The National Security Policy Speaker Series hosted by cPASS and GPS at UCSD, and the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center (NPEC). Speakers include policymakers and actors who operate within the National Security space. Topics include cybersecurity, weapons of mass destruction, nuclear weapons, region-specific security talks, and more.

cPASS cosponsors the Projects on International Affairs (PIA), which Is a seminar series at UCSD that discusses forthcoming research on international relations topics. 


January 9, 2020: David Steinberg, Associate Professor of International Political Economy at Johns Hopkins University, Presents "Descriptive Representation in International Organizations: The Effect of Governance Reform on IMF Legitimacy" Biography

February 6, 2020: Dennis Quinn, Vice Dean and Professor in International Business at Georgetown University Presents "The Political Origins of Exchange Rate Valuations" Biography

February 20, 2020: Keren Yarhi-Milo, Professor of Political Science and International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, Presents "Do Leaders Pay a Cost for Lying in Foreign Policy?" Biography

March 13, 2020: Christina L. Davis, Professor of Government at Harvard University, Presents "TBD" Biography

March 30, 2020: Nils B. Weidmann, Professor of Political Science and head of the "Communication, Networks and Contention" Research Group, Presents "DoS attacks"

April 2, 2020: Michael Bechtel, Associate Professor of Political Science at Washington University in St.Louis, Presents "TBD" Biography

April 9, 2020: Quan Li, Professor of Political Science at Texas A&M University, Presents "TBD" Biography

April 29, 2020: Brookings; Senior Fellow- Foreign Policy, Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence, Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Initiative, Presents "TBD"

May 20, 2020: Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs Director, US-Russia Initiative to Prevent Nuclear Terrorism Faculty Affiliate, Project on Managing the Atom, Presents "TBD"

June 4, 2020: Richard Herrmann, Professor at The Ohio State University, Presents "TBD" Biography


April 25, 2019: Henry Sokolskim Executive Director of the Nonproliferation Education Center, presented "Nuclear Exports to Riyadh"
Talk - Q&A

April 18, 2019: Dr. Matthew Kroenig, Associate Professor, Department of Government at Georgetown University, presented "Explaining Trump's Nuclear Policy"
Talk - Q&A

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 "Tradhe 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?"