Norwich University Peace and War Center Presents NATO and Defense Expert


Feb. 28, 2018

Norwich University’s Peace and War Center presents “The U.S., NATO and the transatlantic defense,” a talk by adjunct senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) Jim Townsend on Tuesday, March 6, at 12:15 p.m. in Room U125-Partridge Hall.

This event is free and open to the public.

At CNAS Townsend is building a Transatlantic Security Program with former Deputy National Security Advisor to the Vice President of the United States and CNAS Senior Fellow and Director of the Transatlantic Security Program Julianne Smith. Their program has become the crossing point for Europeans and Americans who want to know more about the Transatlantic community—how it works, the institutions that underpin it, and how to do business in the community.

Before going to CNAS, Townsend spent eight years as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (DASD) for European and NATO Policy. That assignment completed more than 34 years of work primarily on European and NATO policy in the Pentagon, at NATO and at the Atlantic Council. His work spanned the Cold War, post-Cold War political reconstruction in Europe and Europe’s new challenges including Russia and terrorism.

Townsend earned a B.A. from Duke University and an M.A. from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in International Economics and American Foreign Policy.

Established in 2015, Norwich University’s Peace and War Center advances scholarship and deliberation on warfare and its mitigation, processes, and conditions of peace. The Center’s work emphasizes research and discussion on the precipitating factors and preconditions of war and peace. In order to understand the cycles of war and peace, it is critical to examine the role of culture and language, analyze the ideological roots of turmoil, and stability, and the evolving role of technology. The Center is designed to be a multi and interdisciplinary mix of international scholars and practitioners.

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