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Events in Arizona

Since 2014, the Center has organized around 100 events in Arizona, reaching over 5,000 faculty, staff, students, and community members. Most events are held at ASU (Tempe and downtown campuses), but some have been at other public venues, like the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. From March 2020 on, these events have been held virtually.

Speakers at Center events have included academics from multiple fields, prominent journalists, human rights researchers, current and former military, as well as ASU Future Security Fellows at New America, Center Faculty, Center Faculty Affiliates, and global security thought leaders working on various Center projects.

Upcoming ASU events

Spring 2024 Speaker Series

El Mozote, Then and Now: What the Survivors of Modern Latin America's Worst Massacre Can Teach Us About Violence, Trauma and the Long Aftermath of America’s Wars

February 09, 2024 | Online

Sarah Esther Maslin

2023-24 ASU Future Security Fellow, journalist focusing on Latin America, former Brazil correspondent for The Economist, her articles appear in multiple publications including the Washington Post, The New York Times…

Swift Justice – A Taliban Courtroom in Session

February 15, 2024 | Online

Victor Blue

2023-24 ASU Future Security Fellow, photojournalist and writer focusing on the legacy of armed conflict, his work appears in the New York Times, the New Yorker, and Harper’s Magazine, earned seven Pictures of…

Some People Need Killing: A Memoir of Murder in My Country

February 29, 2024 | Online

Patricia Evangelista

Trauma journalist, former investigative reporter at Rappler in the Philippines, her book Some People Need Killing (Random House) was named one of the 10 best of 2023 by the New York Times, former ASU Future Security…

A Day in the Life of Abed Salama: Anatomy of a Jerusalem Tragedy

March 19, 2024 | Online

Nathan Thrall

Journalist and political analyst, former Director of the Arab Israeli Project at the International Crisis Group, his book A Day in the Life of Abed Salama (Metropolitan Books) was named a best book of 2023 by The New Yorker…

The International Obligation to Counter Genocide Apartheid in Afghanistan

March 28, 2024 | Online

Karima E. Bennoune

Lewis M. Simes Professor of Law at the University of Michigan, UN Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights (2015 to 2021), author of Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here (W.W. Norton 2013), with related TED talk…

Russia in Syria: How Putin Uses the Middle East to Challenge NATO

April 04, 2024 | Online

Jeremy Hodge

Senior Investigator, Zomia Center working on extremism in Syria and Iraq, contributor to Proxy War Today: Case Studies of Conflict in the Middle East (Oxford 2022), his articles appear in Foreign Affairs, The Nation, Le Monde…

Center speakers have included:

Rosa Brooks, Scott K. Ginsburg Chair in Law and Policy, Georgetown University Law Center; Iona Craig, ASU Future of War Fellow at New America and award-wining journalist covering Yemen; Noah Feldman, Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law, Harvard Law School; Bishop Garrison, Senior Adviser to Secretary of Defense for Human Capital, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; Joshua Geltzer, former ASU Future of War Fellow at New America and Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Homeland Security Advisor; Karen Greenberg, Director, Center on National Security, Fordham Law; Sarah Holewinski, DC Washington Director, Human Rights Watch; Theodore R. Johnson, Senior Fellow, Director of the Fellows Program, Brennan Center for Justice; Paul Kahn, Robert W. Winner Professor of Law and the Humanities, Yale Law School; Pardis Mahdavi, Dean of Social Sciences, ASU; Samuel Moyn, Henry R. Luce Professor of Jurisprudence at Yale Law School; Cecilia Muñoz, Senior Advisor, New America, MacArthur Fellow; Mi-Ai Parrish, Professor for Media Innovation and Leadership at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and former President and Publisher of USA Today Network Arizona; Tom Ricks, ASU Future of War Senior Fellow and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Scott A. Silverstone, professor of international relations at West Point, Richard Wilson, Gladstein Distinguished Chair of Human Rights and Professor of Law and Anthropology at UConn School of Law; and David Wood, 2012 Pulitzer Prize recipient, among others,

The Center co-organizes many events with the New America, our partner institution based in Washington, DC. These talks feature experts from various fields and are managed by the New America’s International Security Program.

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The Center organizes conferences and workshops, held at ASU and in Washington, DC, at New America and in other venues. These events have focused on a variety of issues including moral injury, global special operations, civilian protections during conflict, biosecurity, shifts in the practice and impact of war, the Syrian conflict, new and emerging methods of human rights documentation and analysis, and cybersecurity.

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Center faculty, especially the Center co-directors, often speak to area groups about issues related to global security and international affairs. These include presentations to the many local groups including: the Association of Former Intelligence Officers; Integrated Community Solutions to Active Violence Events; Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at ASU; Phoenix Rotary 100; Rio Verde Community; Soroptimist International; Veterans for Peace; Wiseguise, and others.

Center faculty, especially the Center co-directors, often appear in AZ media and national media to discuss issues related to armed conflict, global security, terrorism, and international affairs. Co-Director Peter Bergen is a national security analyst at CNN and writes a weekly column on and writes a weekly column on Other Center faculty often appear on national media and present opinions and analysis in various forums. In addition, Center faculty often appear on local media including appearances on: AZ News Radio Network; “Arizona Horizon,” PBS Eight; “Horizonte,” PBS Eight; 12 News NBC; Arizona’s Family 3TV/CBS 5; “Here and Now,” KJZZ; “The Show,” KJZZ; Telemundo Arizona; Mike O’Neil’s “Think Tank,” KTAR Radio, and others.