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    Event heralds closer ties for Naval War College, Brown University

    Event heralds closer ties for Naval War College, Brown University

    Photo By James Foehl | David Cooper, professor, U.S. Naval War College (NWC), delivers remarks during the NWC...... read more read more



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    U.S. Naval War College

    NEWPORT, R.I. – Faculty from two of Rhode Island’s most recognized schools came together Friday in Newport at Naval War College (NWC) as part of an effort to build closer ties.

    Members of NWC’s faculty and Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Studies, Providence, met for a faculty research colloquium with the theme “Promoting International Peace and Security: Challenges for the Next Decade.”

    The colloquium is the first event at NWC and another step for the two schools to create a more formalized relationship that will better facilitate faculty interaction intended to benefit both schools. The two schools held a similar event at the Watson Institute earlier this year.

    One of the biggest benefits of the events will be learning how each other’s faculty approaches important research questions.

    “We have complementary programs,” said Terry Roehrig, professor of national security affairs at NWC. “Our faculties have similar interests but also look at things differently. Sharing these perspectives is an excellent way of promoting collaboration and increased understanding.”

    While the meetings will further the formal collaboration between the schools, NWC and Brown have been partnering for years through less formal events, and the two schools already have two groups that meet regularly as a result of the collaboration effort. One group focuses on Russia and the Ukraine, while the other examines issues dealing with nuclear arms, according to Roehrig.

    “I think there is a great deal of interest from the Watson Institute to learn about alternative perspectives on security issues and to get some views that are unique to Naval War College,” said Roehrig. “We offer them a military perspective on security issues, and our faculty have an interest in finding out more about their perspectives and research.

    “We are both broadening our views on these issues. We tend to look at different topics than their faculty, and we both want to broaden our horizons as well as see where we can work together on issues of common concern.”

    In the future, the two schools may arrange a distinguished lecture series that would alternately be hosted by the two schools along with other avenues for collaboration.

    The event at NWC included two sessions. The first, entitled "New Security Challenges," included presentations by Robert Blair, Watson Institute, on building trust in war-torn governments; Adam Levine, Brown, on the Ebola outbreak; and Chris Demchak, NWC, on cybersecurity.

    The second session was "Asia-Pacific Challenges" and included presentations by Kate Walsh, NWC, on U.S.-China relations; James Holmes, NWC, on limits of U.S. naval power in the Pacific; and Ashu Varshney, Watson, on India’s recent elections.



    Date Taken: 11.17.2014
    Date Posted: 06.25.2015 14:29
    Story ID: 168147
    Location: NEWPORT, RI, US 

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