• Career Paths for Veterans

    Chris Taylor, adjunct professor at the Security Studies program and Founder/CEO of Novitas, came to the CSS lunchtime series to discuss career opportunities with veterans.

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  • Introspection into US Policy Failures: An Operator's View

    Col. PJ Dermer (Ret.), an alumnus of the Security Studies Program, offered his insights into the dialogue surrounding the Middle East, and avoiding the policy failures that have previously crippled the US approach to the region.

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  • China: A Global Military Power?

    Dr. Oriana Mastro speaks on China's growing military, the threat it may pose to US interests, and consequent implications for the global security environment.

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  • Building a Holistic and Risk-Based Insider Threat Program

    Dr. Michael Gelles was joined by his colleagues, Kwasi Mitchell and John Cassidy to discuss the need to address insider threats as part of a holistic and risk-based program.

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  • Chemical Weapons Elimination in Syria

    Sigrid Kaag, special coordinator of Organisation for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons - UN Joint Mission, discussed the mission in Syria.

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  • The Future of Afghanistan

    Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction John Sopko discussed the work of his team and its implications for the future of Afghanistan.

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  • Do Drones Work?

    SSP Professors Daniel Byman, Christine Fair, and Christopher Swift discuss the efficacy of the US drone wars.

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  • Foreign Fighters in Syria: How Great a Danger?

    Dr. Daniel Byman spoke on the threat posed by the foreign fighter contingent in Syria to kick off the Fall 2014 CSS Lunch Series.

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  • Ethos and Profession of Intelligence

    The Central Intelligence Agency paired up with the CSS for its first public national security conference.

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The Center for Security Studies hosts dozens of events each year with the goals of promoting innovative research, providing context for current events, and enriching the general campus experience.

While most CSS events are held in the Mortara Center (directions below), some hosted events may refer to other locations. Please refer to event invitations for specific information, or contact the Mortara Center staff at

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CSS is located in the Mortara Building at 3600 N Street, NW, Washington, DC 20007. It is two blocks southeast of the main campus entrance of the university.

For more information on transportation and visiting the Mortara Center, please visit our Contact Information page.

Past Events

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