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Pearl Harbor Day Lectures

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The Institute of World Politics commemorates Pearl Harbor Day each year to remind Americans of our country’s need for defense preparedness.

Past Lectures

China Is Preparing for War, America Is Not

The 26th annual Pearl Harbor Day Lecture
Gordon G. Chang, author of The Great U.S.-China Tech War and Losing South Korea
November 29, 2022
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National Readiness for Great Power Competition

The 25th annual Pearl Harbor Day Lecture
GEN (Ret) Joseph Votel
, former Commander of the U.S. Central Command
December 6, 2021
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How Not to Underestimate the Evolving Threat

The 24th annual Pearl Harbor Day Lecture
Dr. Dov S. Zakheim
, Senior Advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Senior Fellow at the CNA Corporation, former Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) and Chief Financial Officer for the Department of Defense
December 7, 2020
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What does moral courage have to do with the return of Americans taken hostage?

The 23rd annual Pearl Harbor Day Lecture
Ms. Diane Foley
, founder of the James W. Foley Legacy Foundation and mother of James W. Foley, an American freelance journalist who was taken hostage in Syria in 2012, tortured, and executed by ISIS in 2014
December 6, 2019
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 Black Swans, Gray Ducks, and Pink Flamingos: Examining Intelligence and Warning in Pearl Harbor

The 22nd annual Pearl Harbor Day Lecture
Professor Michelle DiGruttolo, senior Managing Director at Ankura
December 7, 2018

The 21st annual Pearl Harbor Day Lecture

Dr. John J. Tierney, Jr.
December 7, 2016
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Pearl Harbor Day and the Current Security Environment

The 19th annual Pearl Harbor Day Lecture
Dr. David Glancy
, Professor of Strategy and Statecraft, IWP
December 5, 2014

The 17th Annual Pearl Harbor Day Commemoration

M. Stanton Evans, author of Stalin’s Secret Agents: The Subversion of Roosevelt’s Government
December 7, 2012
Listen to the December 7, 2012 lecture

The 16th annual Pearl Harbor Day Dinner

Vice Admiral Ann E. Rondeau, United States Navy; President, National Defense University
December 1, 2011
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The 15th annual Pearl Harbor Day Dinner

Vice Admiral William E. Gortney, USN, Director, Joint Staff
December 3rd, 2010
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The 14th annual Pearl Harbor Day Dinner

Col. Greg Gadson, IWP Army Senior Fellow
December 3, 2009
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The 13th annual Pearl Harbor Day Dinner

General James T. Conway, Commandant of the United States Marine Corps
December 2008
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Intelligence, Unconventional Thinking, and Special Operations

The 10th annual Pearl Harbor Day Dinner
Major General John Singlaub, U.S. Army (Retired)
December 7, 2004

Future Pearl Harbors?

The 5th annual Pearl Harbor Day Address
General Walter Jajko, USAF (Ret.)

December 8, 1999

The 4th annual Pearl Harbor Day Dinner

Hon. James R. Schlesinger, Former Director of Central Intelligence, Secretary of Defense, and Secretary of Energy
December 1998