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You are cordially invited to attend a lecture on the topic of

By Way of Deception Thou Shalt Do War. The Psychology of Intelligence


Dr. Enrico Suardi (’19)
Director of Psychiatry at Saint Elizabeths Hospital


Thursday, November 16, 2023
5:00-6:00 PM EST


The Institute of World Politics
1521 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20036Commodore Barry Room – Marlatt MansionGetting to campus


Brain and World Map

About the Lecture

Dr. Suardi will provide a historical overview of the involvement of the behavioral sciences in addressing society’s security needs during peacetime and wartime. The U.S. Constitution entrusts to the government the responsibility for the common defense and general welfare of the nation. National security is today understood as the response to threats by nation-states and non-state actors to the domestic tranquility. The organization of national security requires shared efforts at federal, state, and local levels.

From the beginnings in WWI, when psychologists helped assess, select, and place military service members based on their suitability, the scope of the contributions of the behavioral scientists has broadened to include a variety of clinical and consultative roles in national security organizations. The multi-domain, hybrid threats of the 21st century command our best effort to shed light on the human factor, focus on preventative approaches in managing threats, and maintain ethical standards in our professional conduct.

About the Speaker

Dr. Enrico Suardi (IWP Class of 2019, Executive MA in National Security Affairs) is director of psychiatry at Saint Elizabeths Hospital, director of forensic services at the Ross Center in Washington, D.C., and the 2024-25 president-elect of the Washington Psychiatric Society A diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry, and forensic psychiatry, on faculty at Saint Elizabeths Hospital, Georgetown University, and George Washington University, he has served as chief child and family psychiatrist at the U.S. State Department. Dr. Suardi studied political psychology with Jerrold Post, completed his M.D. and a residency in preventive medicine in Milan, Italy, and obtained an MSc in Public Health and Policy from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

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