A discussion on American foreign policy with Prof. Matthew Waxman of Columbia Law School and Col. Peter Mansoor, U.S. Army (Retired). Co-Sponsored by the National Security Law Program and the Alexander Hamilton Society
About this Event
Col. Peter Mansoor, U.S. Army (Retired), Gen. Raymond E. Mason Jr. Chair of Military History at The Ohio State University and former executive officer for Gen. David Petraeus will join Prof. Matthew Waxman of Columbia Law School for a moderated discussion regarding American grand strategy and foreign policy.
This event is CUID only. Any non-CUID holder will not be allowed entrance.
Col. Peter Mansoor, U.S. Army (Ret.) is the Gen. Raymond E. Mason Jr. Chair of Military History at The Ohio State University and a CNN military analyst. He assumed this position in September 2008 after a 26 year career in the U.S. Army that culminated in his service in Iraq as the executive officer to General David Petraeus, the Commanding General of Multi-National Force-Iraq, during the period of the surge in 2007-2008. He has authored a history of this experience, Surge: My Journey with General David Petraeus and the Remaking of the Iraq War, which was a finalist for the inaugural Guggenheim-Lehrman Prize in Military History in 2013.
A 1982 distinguished graduate of the United States Military Academy, Colonel Mansoor served in a variety of command and staff positions in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East during his military career, including postings with the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment at Fort Bliss, Texas; the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment in Bad Hersfeld and Fulda, Germany; with the Opposing Forces at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, California; and as the commander of the 1st Squadron, 10th Cavalry (the “Buffalo Soldiers”) and G-3 of the 4th Infantry Division (Mechanized) at Fort Hood, Texas. He also served on the Joint Staff as the special assistant to the Director for Strategic Plans and Policy during a period that included the Bosnian peace support operation, Operation Desert Fox, and the Kosovo conflict.
Matthew C. Waxman is the Liviu Librescu Professor of Law and the faculty chair of the National Security Law Program.
Waxman is an expert in national security law and international law, including issues related to executive power; international human rights and constitutional rights; military force and armed conflict; cybersecurity; and terrorism. He clerked for Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter and Judge Joel M. Flaum of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Before joining the the Law School faculty, he served in senior positions at the State Department, the Department of Defense, and the National Security Council. Waxman was a Fulbright Scholar to the United Kingdom, where he studied international relations and military history. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, where he also serves as Adjunct Senior Fellow for Law and Foreign Policy, and he is the co-chair of the Cybersecurity Center at the Columbia Data Science Institute.
As a chapter at Columbia, the Alexander Hamilton Society seeks to promote constructive debate on basic principles and contemporary issues in foreign, economic, and national security policy. The organization and its members share basic principles about the United States and its role in the world. The shared convictions of AHS and its members can be found on the national website's Statement of Principles. The Alexander Hamilton Society is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to organizing debates and discussions about America's role in the world and national security topics. For more info on AHS see alexanderhamiltonsociety.org
Columbia Law School's National Security Law Program focuses particularly on the role of domestic law in national security matters from the perspective of both lawyers and policymakers. The contours of the dynamic field of national security law are in constant flux, being shaped and reshaped each year in light of emerging challenges posed by the inevitability of globalization. “The goal of the program is to expose students and others to real-world challenges and dilemmas facing government officials, to enrich our study of both the law and the role of lawyers inside government,” says Professor Matthew Waxman.