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Now in its 13th year, the JHU/APL Rethinking Seminar Series is once again offering informative talks on national security and defense issues given by distinguished speakers who are experts in various fields of national or international affairs. These seminars are held approximately one evening a month near the Pentagon.  Free and open to the public, the Rethinking Seminars provide in-depth, professional views on important topics. Each event will also be recorded and made available on this website in various formats.  The 2016-2017 Rethinking Seminar Series will focus on Rethinking Global Security Imperatives in a Time of Transition.

Besides streaming videos, this website also archives audio versions of each event, plus podcasts, bulletized notes taken during the talks, and any presentation files the speakers provide. Files from the 2016-2017 Series are offered in the Video Archives while those from past series are listed on both the Past Series and Speakers pages. Videos from recent years’ series are also available on the JHU/APL Seminars YouTube Playlist – Rethinking Seminar Series.


Monday November 7th
Marriott Residence Inn, Pentagon City (6:00-8:00 PM)

Professor Rosa Brooks
Georgetown University Law Center

The Blurring Definitions of War

Professor Rosa Brooks is Associate Dean, Graduate Programs and Professor of Law at the Georgetown University Law Center. She is also a columnist and contributing editor for Foreign Policy and a senior fellow at the New America Foundation. From April 2009 to July 2011, Professor Brooks served as Counselor to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, Michele Flournoy. In May 2010 she also became Special Coordinator for Rule of Law and Humanitarian Policy, running a new Pentagon office dedicated to those issues. Brooks also wrote a weekly column for the Los Angeles Times from 2005 to 2009, and is an expert on national security, international law and human rights issues. While at the Pentagon her portfolio included both rule of law and human rights issues as well as global engagement and strategic communication. Her book, How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything – Tales from the Pentagon, was recently published.

For the Rethinking Seminar, Professor Brooks will discuss her service in the Pentagon working for OSD Policy and will focus on the issue of how definitions of war have been blurring. She will describe the reasons and threats behind the expanding work of today’s U.S. military in situations that she describes as being “between war and not-war.”


Previous Seminar

Dr. Steven Van Evera

19 October 2016
Emergence (or Reemergence) of National and Transnational Identities

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