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Coming Up In March!
While we are working out the details for this presentation, we wanted to give you a sneak peek at what's coming our way!

Report on "Rights of the Child"

Ms. Yoke Brandt (invited) is Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF, the organization that does what-ever it takes to save and protect the world's most vulnerable children. Forty years ago, UNICEF figured out that promoting simple, low-cost interventions like hand washing and breastfeeding could save millions of lives. UNICEF doesn’t limit its attention just to countries outside the US. The focus of Ms. Brandt’s talk will be on the rights of children, especially poor children in rich countries including the US.

Upcoming events

    • 25 Feb 2015
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • The University Club, 803 State Street, Madison, WI
    Col. Thomas X. Hammes, USMC (Ret), Ph.D
    Distinguished Research Fellow, Center for Strategic Research
    National Defense University, Washington, D.C.

    Dr.  T.X. Hammes will discuss the challenges facing the U.S. armed forces as they adapt to a new world of conflict that is international, transnational and subnational - and do so with a restricted budget. He sees a convergence on new technologies leading to a world of “small, smart, and many” versus the “few and exquisite” systems the United States is currently building.

    Dr. Hammes is a specialist on counter insurgency warfare and an influential theoretician of the concept of the “fourth generation of warfare” as a new model for conflict and designing war fighting technology and doctrine.  An evolved form of insurgency, fourth generation warfare makes use of all available networks – diplomatic, economic, and military – to attack the opposition leadership’s will to fight.  We are seeing it executed in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, and Israel today.   Although his theme will be broader than the current Middle Eastern conflict, we will have many observations on it as a lesson for modern war fighters and peace keepers.

    Dr. Thomas X. Hammes joined the National Defense University INSS in June, 2009.  His areas of expertise include Military Strategy, Future Conflict, and Insurgency.  He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1975, and holds a Masters in Historical Research and Doctorate in Modern History from Oxford University.   His publications include The Sling and the Stone: On War in the 21st Century and Forgotten Warriors: the 1st Provisional Marine Brigade, the Corps Ethos, and the Korean War.  His many publications are used widely in staff and defense colleges, and he lectures extensively at these institutions.  Col. Hammes served for 30 years in the United States Marine Corps including command of an intelligence battalion, an infantry battalion, and the Chemical Biological Incident Response Force.  He participated in military operations in Somalia and Iraq and trained insurgents in various locations.

    See this short sample of his current ideas:  “Future War:  Why Quantity will Trump Quality,” The Diplomat, 20 Nov 2014,

    • 20 Apr 2015
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • The University Club, 803 State Street, Madison, WI
    This Event Is Co-Sponsored By
    UW-Madison Division of International Studies

    Dr. J. Stephen Morrison, Senior Vice President and Director of the Global Health Policy Center

    Dr. Christopher Olsen, UW-Madison's Interim Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning

    Dr. Janis Tupesis, Director of the UW-Madison Global Health Initiative

    Co-sponsors MCFR and the UW Division of International Studies are hosting a distinguished panel of experts who will discuss the current outlook of the Ebola outbreak, responses in the countries affected and Ebola's impacts worldwide, along with identifying longer-term issues and how responses to those issues might be made.

    Dr. J. Stephen Morrison is a Senior Vice President and Director of the Global Health Policy Center within the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C.

    Dr. Christopher Olsen is the UW-Madison's Interim Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning, a senior advisor to the UW-Madison Global Health Initiative, and a doctor of veterinary medicine.

    Dr. Janis Tupesis is the Director of the UW-Madison Global Health Initiative and a physician active in studying global diseases and treatments in Africa.

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