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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 (NSPSS) 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 two additional speaker series the Projects on International Affairs (PIA) and the Pacific International Politics Conference Online Speaker Series (PIPCOSS) PIA is a seminar series that discusses forthcoming research on international relations topics. This series is held on the UCSD campus in the winter/spring. The goal of PIPCOSS is to promote research and act as a central forum for scientific researchers of IR in the Asia-Pacific region. PIPCOSS will be held twice a month via Zoom; registration links will be provided.


September 25, 2020: Quynh Nguyen, Thomas Sattler, and Tanja Schweinberger Present "Power Transitions and International Economic Cooperation: Experimental Evidence from China and the U.S." Via ZOOM Web Talk. 

September 9, 2020: Koji Kagotani Presents "Diplomatic Protests and Patriotism in Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan" Via ZOOM Web Talk. 

August 28, 2020: Jason Davis Presents "Firms, Dynamics, and Stumbling Blocks in Trade" via Zoom Web Talk. 

August 4, 2020: Paul D. Kenny, Rashsesh Shrestha, and Edward Aspinall Present "Commodity Booms, Conflict, and Crime" via ZOOM Web Talk. 

July 21, 2020: Lachlan McNamee Presents "Settler Colonialism in Indonesia: Transmigration and Ethnic Cleansing in West Papua" via ZOOM Web Talk. 

July 14, 2020: Benjamin A.T. Graham and Miriam Barnum Present "Interdependence is More Than Just Trade: Migration, Investment, Trade, and Conflict" via ZOOM Web Talk.

June 1, 2020: Vice Admiral Robert Thomas, U.S. Navy (ret); Professor of Practice at the School of Global Policy & Strategy (GPS) University of California San Diego, Presents "Five by Five Security Assessment of the Indo-Pacific” via ZOOM Web Talk. Watch Recorded Talk.

May 20, 2020: William H. Tobey, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs Director, US-Russia Initiative to Prevent Nuclear Terrorism Faculty Affiliate, Project on Managing the Atom, Presents "North Korea's Nuclear Weapons Program and the Demise of the Agreed Framework" via ZOOM Web Talk at 11:00 AM PST.  

May 6, 2020: Gary Samore, Professor of the Practice of Politics at Brandeis University, Presents "Living with the North Korean Bomb" via ZOOM Web Talk. Watch Recorded Talk

April 27, 2020: Rupal Mehta, Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Presents "Delaying Doomsday: The Politics of Nuclear Reversal" via ZOOM Web Talk. Watch Recorded Talk

March 16, 2020: Henry Sokolski, Executive Director of the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center in Washington, DC, Presents "Missle Wars: What's ComingWatch Recorded Talk

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?" 

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

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



April 25, 2019: Henry Sokolski 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?"