CSPS Fall Calendar

2020 CSPS Annual Symposium:

Whither Alliances?

Security Commitments and Cooperation in the 21st Century

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Friday September 25, 2020  Noon to 1 pm

A Debate about Alliances and their Durability


Rajan Menon, author of The End of Alliances  (2007)  

Kori Schake, American Enterprise Institute

Eduard Soler, author of “Liquid Alliances in the Middle East”
Moderator:  Ellen Laipson

Friday, October 2   Noon to 1 PM

Current Alliances and their Challenges

Former US Ambassador to NATO General Douglas Lute

Yuki Tatsumi, Director of Japan program at Stimson

Soyoung Kwon, professor at George Mason’s Korea campus

Moderator:  Colin Dueck

Friday, October 9    Noon to 1 PM

Security Cooperation and Partnerships 


Catherine Owen, Exeter University

Ambassador Mark Lippert, Former Defense Dept. and White House Official, Former Ambassador to South Korea

Dalia Dassa Kaye, Senior Political Scientist at the RAND Corporation and former Director of RAND’S Center for Middle East Public Policy

Moderator:   Michael Hunzeker

Distinguished Lecture Series


Wednesday October 7

Noon to 1 pm

A Conversation with Andrew McCabe, former Deputy Director of the FBI

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With Michael Morellos: Former Acting Director and Deputy Director of the CIA

Moderator:  Ellen Laipson

Co-sponsored by the Hayden Center



Thursday November 5   

Noon to 1 pm

The International Criminal Court and its Challenges

Ambassador David Scheffer, Chief Negotiator of the Rome Statute

Center for International Human Rights at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law in Chicago

Co-hosted by TraCCC and the National Security Institute

Discussants:  Louise Shelley, TraCCC

Jamil Jaffer, NSI

Crisis Simulation

Managing Escalation in NATO

Friday, November 13: 4:30-8:00pm*

Saturday, November 14: 9:30am-1:30pm*

*Exact times may be revised.

Vietnam War Virtual Staff Ride

Saturday, October 24th

Saturday, October 31st

Sunday, November 1st

For more information on the university’s COVID-19 response, please visit GMU’s website here.

About CSPS

Launched in 2014, the Center for Security Policy Studies (CSPS) advances the study of international security.  Through its research and extensive array of student programs, CSPS seeks to both generate creative solutions to today’s pressing security challenges and educate tomorrow’s security policymakers.

CSPS’s multidisciplinary faculty include experts in economics, history, political science and sociology, as well as a number of distinguished practitioners-in-residence.  Located on Mason’s Arlington campus, CSPS also provides unique access to a large number of defense and security experts, including current and former government officials, active and recently retired senior military officers, prominent think tank analysts, and world-renowned scholars.

Recent Faculty Appearances

CSPS Director Ellen Laipson joined  Jennifer Cafarella, National Security Fellow at the Institute for the Study of War, on Voice of America to discuss the impact of the coronavirus pandemic in the Middle East. An audio recording of the event is available here.