IWP launches 2016-2017 Capitol Hill Speaker Series

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In brief: The Institute of World Politics is pleased to announce the launch of its Capitol Hill Speaker Series bringing policy experts to policy makers in the areas of national security, intelligence, and international affairs.

With its first lecture scheduled for December 5, 2016, the new IWP Capitol Hill Speaker Series will welcome members of both the Hill and IWP communities. The inaugural lecture will feature a discussion led by Sebastian Gorka and Andrew McCarthy on the topic of Islamic jihad and the role of national security law.

Dr. Gorka, IWP Professor of Strategy and Irregular Warfare and Vice President for National Security Support, will lead the discussion on jihadism and how to counter it. He will draw on his latest New York Times Bestseller, Defeating Jihad: The Winnable War, and address the origins and ideology of jihadists and how best to counter it. 

Mr. McCarthy will offer corresponding remarks, discussing how U.S. national security law needs to be applied to jihadi terrorism.  IWP Dean Dr. Mackubin Owens will moderate the discussion, which will be followed by a question and answer session with the speakers.

To register for the inaugural event, please click here.

The new series is sponsored by IWP’s Office of Academic Affairs, and spearheaded by Dr. Owens, who also serves as an IWP Professor of Military Strategy, Senior Fellow of the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI) in Philadelphia, and editor of the quarterly journal Orbis.

Future IWP Hill events will focus on intelligence, international affairs, and cybersecurity, and will aim to bring IWP scholar-practitioners to meet face-to-face with key decision makers on Capitol Hill.

“We’re looking to build an IWP presence on the Hill,” noted Dean Owens, “and we hope to see this series grow to help IWP ideas reach as many policy makers as possible.”

As the series progresses throughout coming semesters, Dr. Owens sees the presence of IWP at the Capitol evolving.  While there is already a community of students and alumni who work in Congressional offices, the IWP Capitol Hill Speaker Series will serve as “an opportunity to raise awareness about the applications of all the arts of statecraft to current national security issues.”