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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.


Thursday, December 15th
Marriott Residence Inn, Pentagon City (6:00-8:00 PM)

Prof. Andrew S. Natsios
Director, Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs
Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M

Rethinking Foreign Aid and International Development

Andrew S. Natsios is an executive professor at the Bush School and director of the Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs. Previously, he was a Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and former administrator of the US Agency for International Development (USAID). As USAID administrator from 2001-2006, Natsios managed reconstruction programs in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Sudan. He also served as US special envoy to Sudan in 2006-2007. A veteran of the Gulf War, he retired from the US Army Reserves as a lieutenant colonel after twenty-three years. From 1993 to 1998, he was vice president of World Vision US, the largest faith-based nongovernmental organization in the world, with programs in 103 countries. Earlier in his career, Natsios served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives and as the chief financial and administrative officer of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. After a cost overrun scandal, he took over as the CEO of Boston's Big Dig, the largest construction project in American history.

Professor Natsios is the author of three books:  U.S. Foreign Policy and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1997); The Great North Korean Famine (2001); and Sudan, South Sudan and Darfur: What Everyone Needs to Know, (2012). He has also contributed to many other books.

For the Rethinking Seminar, Professor Natsios will discuss the relationships between diplomacy and development (historically carried out by the State Department), and defense (typically carried out by the military), the blurring of the lines between them, and the relationships between the organizations.


Previous Seminar

Professor Rosa Brooks

7 November 2016
The Blurring Definitions of War

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Future Seminars

Dr. Peter Navarro
17 January 2017
China's Economic and Military Rise, the Potential for War with the U.S., and Ways to Prevent It

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