Simons Center News & Announcements


Featured Article: U.S. Special Operations Forces and the Interagency in Phase Zero



Featured Article: U.S. Special Operations Forces and the Interagency in Phase Zero
Featured article: U.S. Special Operations Forces and the Interagency in Phase Zero by Kyle Johnston The events of September 11, 2001, redefined the American model of security—no longer was the threat of American military power enough to deter large-scale attacks on the homeland. In the year that followed that historic… Read More

Dijkerman visits Fort Leavenworth



Dijkerman visits Fort Leavenworth
Career Minister Dr. Dirk Dijkerman recently visited Fort Leavenworth as part of a Simons Center special speakers program. Dijkerman is a retired U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Career Minister with a vast amount of experience in the agency, most notably serving as the Executive Coordinator for the U.S. Ebola… Read More

Ambassador Kennedy returns to Fort Leavenworth



Ambassador Kennedy returns to Fort Leavenworth
Ambassador (Ret.) Laura Kennedy returned for a second visit to Fort Leavenworth in April, again serving as the DACOR visiting professor of diplomacy for the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College (CGSC) Class of 2017. Kennedy, who previously served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and… Read More

Featured Article: Evaluation of Current Risk Assessment Models for Genocide and Mass Atrocity



Featured Article: Evaluation of Current Risk Assessment Models for Genocide and Mass Atrocity
Featured article: Evaluation of Current Risk Assessment Models for Genocide and Mass Atrocity by Kathryn Gillum Genocide and other atrocity crimes (war crimes and crimes against humanity) are not only a curse to those directly involved, but also a burden on all of humanity. Under the United Nations’ (UN) 2005… Read More

USAID the topic of InterAgency Brown-Bag Lecture



USAID the topic of InterAgency Brown-Bag Lecture
Last week, Mr. Patrick J. Wesner, the Command and General Staff College Distinguished Chair for Development Studies, spoke about history and mission of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Three special guests were in the audience during Wesner’s presentation on USAID – Ambassador (Ret.) David Lambertson, Ambassador (Ret.) Laura… Read More

Featured Article: Moral Courage and Intelligent Disobedience



Featured Article: Moral Courage and Intelligent Disobedience
Featured article: Moral Courage and Intelligent Disobedience by Ted Thomas and Ira Chaleff The military needs men and women who have courage–the physical courage to go into battle, to overcome fear in the face of bodily injury or death, mental pain, and lifelong disabilities. Militaries run on physical courage. Without… Read More

Featured Article: Civil Affairs History and Doctrine: From Military Government to Interagency Partner



Featured Article: Civil Affairs History and Doctrine: From Military Government to Interagency Partner
Featured article: Civil Affairs History and Doctrine: From Military Government to Interagency Partner by Thomas R. Geisinger The 2014 Army Operating Concept (AOC), “Win in a Complex World,” stresses the need for American military power to prevent conflict and shape future wars as much as win them.1 To do this,… Read More

Simons Center Progress Report 2016



Simons Center Progress Report 2016
The Simons Center has released their 2016 annual report. The report details the Simons Center’s efforts in 2016, including the new InterAgency Brown-Bag Lecture Series and their support of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. The 2016 report and all previous reports can be found here.… Read More

Featured Article: The Tumultuous Recent History of U.S. Stabilization and Reconstruction Efforts



Featured Article: The Tumultuous Recent History of U.S. Stabilization and Reconstruction Efforts
Featured article: The Tumultuous Recent History of U.S. Stabilization and Reconstruction Efforts: The Way Ahead? by David A. Anderson The U.S. has been directly involved in some level of foreign stabilization and reconstruction effort since the end of World War II (WWII): from the occupation and reconstruction of post-WWII Japan/Germany,… Read More

Featured Article: NORAD: A Model to Address Gaps in U.S.-Mexico Security Coordination



Featured Article: NORAD: A Model to Address Gaps in U.S.-Mexico Security Coordination
Featured article: NORAD: A Model to Address Gaps in U.S.-Mexico Security Coordination by Patti Bielling Mexico’s dynamic evolution toward democracy remains a hidden success story to most people in the U.S. The Mexican government’s incremental legislative and election reforms from 1977 to today paved the way for the 2000 election… Read More