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Johns Hopkins SAIS to host “Bridging America’s Civil-Military Divide” March 7, in Washington, DC

“Bridging America’s Civil-Military Divide” will be hosted at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). The event is presented by the Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies, the Strategic Studies Department, the Foreign Policy Institute’s The Big Picture, and the Johns Hopkins Stavros Niarchos Foundation Agora Institute. It aims to start the conversation on military service; lend structure and context to the dialogue on civil-military relations; and, help explore the impact of the last eighteen years of war. A live webcast of Panel No. 1, entitled “Former Senior Leaders Discuss Decision-Making in War,” will be available via webcast at:
Panel No. 1: Former Senior Leaders Discuss Decision-Making in War (On the Record)
2:45pm – Introduction & Event Overview
3:00pm – 4:30pm – Panel
Eric Edelman
Roger Hertog Distinguished Practitioner-in-Residence at the Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies
Retired Gen. Carter F. Ham
President and CEO, Association of the United States Army
Kathleen Hicks
Senior Vice President; Henry A. Kissinger Chair; Director, International Security Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies
Greg Jaffe
National Security Reporter, The Washington Post
The on-the-record, webcast panel concludes at 4:30pm. The full event continues until 9:00 p.m. with additional programming open to the public, but all sessions after Panel No. 1 are off the record and not available for media coverage. For the full program agenda and more information please visit
Time and Date
2:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 7, 2019
Media Contact
Jason Lucas
Johns Hopkins University SAIS
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About the Speakers
Eric Edelman is the Roger Hertog Distinguished Practitioner-in-Residence at the Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies, retired as a career minister from the U.S. Foreign Service on May 1, 2009. He previously served in senior positions at the Departments of State and Defense as well as the White House, where he led organizations providing analysis, strategy, policy development, security services, trade advocacy, public outreach, citizen services, and congressional relations. As Undersecretary of Defense for policy (August 2005-January 2009), he was DoD's Senior Policy Official, overseeing strategy development with global responsibility for bilateral defense relations, war plans, special operations forces, homeland defense, missile defense, nuclear weapons and arms control policies, counterproliferation, counternarcotics, counterterrorism, arms sales, and defense trade controls
Kathleen Hicks is the Donald Marron Scholar at the Kissinger Center for Global Affairs. She also serves as Senior Vice President, Henry A. Kissinger Chair, and Director of the International Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Dr. Hicks is a frequent writer and lecturer on geopolitics, national security, and defense matters. She served in the Obama Administration as the Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy and the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Strategy, Plans, and Forces. She led the development of the 2012 Defense Strategic Guidance and the 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review. She also oversaw Department of Defense contingency and theater campaign planning. She also spent almost thirteen years as a career official in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, rising from Presidential Management Intern to the Senior Executive Service.
Retired Gen. Cater F. Ham is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA). He is an experienced leader who has led at every level from platoon to geographic combatant command. He is also a member of a very small group of Army senior leaders who have risen from private to four-star general. Immediately prior to joining the staff at AUSA, he served as the Chairman of the National Commission on the Future of the Army, an eight-member panel tasked by the Congress with making recommendations on the size, force structure, and capabilities of the total army.
Greg Jaffe is a Reporter covering national security issues for The Washington Post, where he has been since March 2009. Previously, he covered the White House and the military for The Post. He is the author of “The Fourth Start: Four Generals and the Epic Struggle for the Future of the United States Army.”
About Johns Hopkins SAIS
A division of Johns Hopkins University, the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) is a global institution that offers students an international perspective on today's critical issues. For 75 years, Johns Hopkins SAIS has produced great leaders, thinkers, and practitioners of international relations. Public leaders and private sector executives alike seek the counsel of the faculty, whose ideas and research inform and shape policy. Johns Hopkins SAIS offers a global perspective across three campus locations: Bologna, Italy; Nanjing, China; and Washington, D.C. The school's interdisciplinary curriculum is strongly rooted in the study of international economics, international relations, and regional studies, preparing students to address multifaceted challenges in the world today.
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