Spring Speaker Series

2018 Spring Speaker Series

Nikolas Gvosdev – Wednesday, February 14

Professor of National Security Affairs at the U.S. Naval War College, Nikolas Gvosdev will discuss the future of U.S.-Russia relations and the influence of Orthodoxy in Russia’s future.

Aykan Erdemir – Monday, February 26

Former Turkish MP (2011-2015) and current Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracy, Aykan Erdemir will discuss religion and politics in the Middle East and the current political situation in Turkey.

Dr. David Kanin – Wednesday, April 8

None of the security caps imposed on the Balkans since 1878 has held. Will the current one be any different? Fletcher PhD Dr. David Kanin will discuss the intersection of jihadism, Russia, China, and the US in the Balkans.

Max Primorac – Monday, April 30

Max Primorac brings 25 years of foreign policy and national security experience in the public and private sectors. As an expert in U.S. engagement in Iraq, he will discuss the protection of religious minorities in complex stabilization operations.

Previous Speaker Events

The Easter Rising 1916, Countering the Conventional

On the centenary of The Easter Rising the popular narratives of the Easter Rising are being reexamined, particularly the narratives most often heard in an American context. We invite you to an event where presenters from a variety of backgrounds will address a number of the missing narratives of the Rising. These include the narratives that have an impact beyond the Irish context and those that continue to affect politics within Ireland itself.


  • Timothy D. Hoyt, Professor of Strategy and Policy, John Nicholas Brown Chair of Counterterrorism, at the U.S. Naval War College
  • Mary Conley, Chair and Associate Professor, Department of History, College of the Holy Cross
  • Harriet Wheelock, Keeper of Collections, Royal College of Physicians of Ireland


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