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The Peace Science Society (International), and International Studies Association Joint International Conference 2013

27-30 June 2013 (Budapest, Hungary)

On 28 Jun, Research Analyst, Mr. Christopher Alkhoury, presented research at the joint Peace Science Society and International Studies Association conference in Budapest, Hungary. Mr. Alkhoury’s presentation, titled “Defying Conventional Wisdom: Iraq as a Case Study of Proliferation and Disarmament,” was based on a book chapter he co-authored with Mr. David Palkki, Deputy Director, for Uncovering the Sources of Nuclear Behavior: Historical Dimensions of Nuclear Proliferation (Georgetown University Press, forthcoming). The book chapter drew heavily on CRRC records.

Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR) Annual Meeting

20-22 June 2013 (Arlington, VA)

On 21 Jun, Acting Director, Mr. David Palkki, presented research on Iraq at a panel at the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR) Annual Meeting in Arlington, Virginia. The panel was titled “The Origins of the Iraq War: A Ten Year Retrospective on the Knowns and the Unknowns.” Professor Melvyn Leffler, Edward Stettinius Professor of History at the University of Virginia, chaired the panel. Mr. Charles Duelfer, former head of the Iraq Survey Group, and  Dr. Seth Center, Historian at the Department of State, were also on the panel. This is the largest meeting of its kind for scholars in this field.

International Studies Association (ISA) Annual Conference 2013

3-6 April 2013 (San Francisco, CA)

The annual International Studies Association (ISA) conference is the world’s largest interdisciplinary conference of national security scholars and practitioners. On 4 Apr, Deputy Director, Mr. David Palkki, discussed insights from CRRC records on a roundtable titled “Can New Nuclear Weapons States Be Deterred?” This roundtable included Dr. Scott Sagan (Stanford), Dr. Kenneth Waltz (Columbia), Dr. James Fearon (Stanford), Dr. Marc Trachtenberg (UCLA), and others. On 3 Apr, Mr. Palkki presented “Deterring a Conspiracy Theorist: U.S. Warnings and Saddam’s Invasion of Kuwait,” a paper based on CRRC records, on a panel he organized that discussed insights from CRRC records dealing with war initiation and termination. Panelists included Dr. Amatzia Baram (University of Haifa), Dr. Thomas Mahnken (U.S. Naval Academy), Dr. Kevin Woods (Institute for Defense Analyses), Dr. Abbas Kadhim (Naval Postgraduate School), Mr. Chad Nelson (UCLA), and Dr. Ibrahim al-Marashi (California State University San Marcos). On 4 Apr, Mr. Palkki presented a paper based on CRRC records, titled “Assessing Credibility: Insights from Saddam’s Iraq.”

Middle East Studies Association (MESA) Annual Conference 2012

17-20 November 2012,(Denver, CO)

Dr. Lorry M. Fenner, CRRC Director, and CRRC staff operated a CRRC information booth at the annual conference of the Middle East Studies Association in Denver, Colorado.

CRRC and Institute for Defense Analyses Seminar

7 November 2012 (Washington, DC)

The CRRC co-hosted a presentation and panel discussion with the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) at NDU on “The Saddam Tapes: The Inner Workings of a Tyrant’s Regime, 1978-2001.” The CRRC’s Deputy Director, Mr. David Palkki, co-edited the study. NDU Senior Vice President, Ambassador Nancy McEldowney, introduced the session.

Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa (ASMEA) Annual Conference 2012

11-13 October 2012 (Washington, DC)

On 12 Oct, Mr. Christopher Alkhoury, CRRC Research Analyst, presented at the Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa (ASMEA) annual conference. Mr. Alkhoury’s presentation, titled “Defying Conventional Wisdom: Iraq as a Case Study of Proliferation and Disarmament,” was based on a book chapter he is co-authoring with Mr. David Palkki, CRRC Deputy Director, for Uncovering the Sources of Nuclear Behavior: Historical Dimensions of Nuclear Proliferation (Georgetown University Press, forthcoming) and drew heavily on CRRC records.

Inside Saddam’s Iraq, Panel Discussion Based on Captured Records

10 October 2012 (Washington, DC)

The CRRC and NDU Young Professionals Community co-hosted a panel discussion “Inside Saddam Hussein’s Iraq: Evidence from Captured Records.” Mr. Christopher Alkhoury, Research Analyst, chaired the event. Mr. Mustafa Mezaal, native Iraqi and Service Provider, Mr. Yasir Kuoti, native Iraqi and Service Provider, and Mr. Jonathan Turner, Department of State Franklin Fellow, presented research on Iraq’s WMD program, the role of the Ba’ath Party in Saddam Hussein’s regime, and bilateral relations between the USSR and Iraq during the Cold War.

The Iraqi Nuclear Program

14 June 2012 (Washington, DC)

The CRRC hosted a discussion for NDU faculty featuring Dr. Målfrid Braut-Hegghammer, Assistant Professor at the Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies (FFI). Dr. Braut-Hegghammer’s research focuses on nuclear proliferation and Iraq.

The Al-Qaeda-Taliban Nexus

6 June 2012 (Washington, DC)

The CRRC hosted a discussion for NDU research and teaching faculty featuring Ms. Anne Stenersen, Research Fellow at the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI). Drawing from records captured from Afghanistan and Pakistan, Ms. Stenerson discussed al-Qaeda’s role within the Taliban from 1996-2011. Her research focuses on militant Islam, terrorism, and the Taliban insurgency.

CRRC Brown Bag on Saddam Hussein’s Legacy

30 May 2012 (Washington, DC)

The CRRC co-hosted, along with the DoD Minerva Initiative program and NDU’s Center for Strategic Research, a discussion for NDU research and teaching faculty featuring Dr. Ibrahim al-Marashi, Assistant Professor of Middle East History at California State University, San Marcos and Minerva grantee. Dr. al-Marashi discussed the lingering Ba’athist trends in Iraq after Saddam Hussein’s regime and the challenges and opportunities these trends provide for U.S. policy and strategy. His research focuses on the modern history of Iraq and he has used the CRRC collection and other primary sources for his research. He is the co-author of Iraq’s Armed Forces: An Analytical History (2008).

Society for Military History (SMH) Annual Conference 2012

10-13 May 2012 (Arlington, VA)

On May 11, Mr. David Palkki, CRRC Deputy Director, presented a research paper on “The Coercive Disarmament of Saddam’s Iraq” at the Society for Military History (SMH) Annual Conference in Arlington, VA. He presented this paper on a panel titled “Weapons of Mass Destruction in the Middle East: Historical Perspectives,” and will be joined on the panel by scholars from the National Defense University and the Marine Corps University.

From 10-13 May, the CRRC operated an outreach booth to encourage scholars to use the archive for their research.

International Study Association (ISA) Annual Convention 2012

1-3 April 2012 (San Diego, CA)

On 1 Apr, Mr. David Palkki, CRRC Deputy Director, participated in a roundtable at the International Study Association (ISA) annual convention on Cambridge University Press’s The Saddam Tapes: The Inner Workings of a Tyrant’s Regime, 1978-2001, which he co-edited with Dr. Kevin Woods of the Institute for Defense Analyses and Dr. Mark Stout of Johns Hopkins University. Dr. John Mearsheimer of the University of Chicago chaired the roundtable. Dr. Timothy Naftali, formerly the Director of the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and of the Presidential Recordings Program at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center of Public Affairs, served as discussant.

On 2 Apr, Mr. Palkki also presented research on Iraq’s coerced disarmament on a roundtable on “Coercion, Assurances, and Nuclear Disarmament.” Dr. Etel Solingen of the University of California, Irvine, and President Elect of ISA, chaired. Dr. William Potter, Professor of Nonproliferation Studies and the Director of the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, served as discussant. The roundtable also included Dr. Bruce Jentleson of Duke University, Dr. Alexander Montgomery of Reed College, and Dr. David Kang of the University of Southern California.

On 3 Apr, Dr. Lorry Fenner, CRRC Director, chaired a roundtable on Saddam Hussein’s regime’s links to terrorist organizations with Dr. Timothy Castle of the CIA’s Center for the Study of Intelligence; Dr. Kevin Woods of the Institute for Defense Analyses; Mr. Sterling Jensen of Defense Cooperation Security Agency’s Near East South Asia (NESA) Center; Mr. William Natter, former Deputy Undersecretary of the Navy and House of Armed Services Committee staffer on terrorism; Mr. Sam Helfont of Princeton University; and Dr. Lawrence Rubin of Georgia Tech University.

CRRC Brown Bag Lunch with Dr. Douglas Cox and Dr. Bruce Montgomery

24 February 2012 (Washington, DC)

The CRRC hosted a brown bag lunch with Dr. Douglas Cox and Dr. Bruce Montgomery to discuss Archives in Wartime, primarily those from Saddam Hussein’s regime. Dr. Cox is the International Law Librarian and an Associate Professor at the City University of New York School of Law and has written extensively on the legality of captured records. Dr. Montgomery is the Faculty Director of Archives at the University of Colorado at Boulder and has written on the captured records from Saddam’s Iraq.

Middle East Studies Association (MESA) Annual Conference 2011

1-4 December 2011 (Washington, DC)

On 3 Dec, Mr. Palkki presented his co-authored paper “Saddam, Israel, and the Bomb: Nuclear Alarmism Justified” at the annual Middle East Studies Association (MESA) conference. This article was published in the journal International Security.

Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa’s (ASMEA) Annual Conference 2011

3-5 November 2011 (Washington, DC)

On 4 Nov, Mr. David Palkki, CRRC Deputy Director, presented research on a roundtable at the Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa’s (ASMEA) Annual Conference on “The Saddam Tapes: The Inner Workings of a Tyrant’s Regime, 1978-2001,” which he co-edited and has been published by Cambridge University Press. Mr. Michael Eisenstadt, Director of the Military and Security Studies Program at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, chaired the roundtable; Dr. Shibley Telhami, Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development at the University of Maryland, served as discussant; Mr. Palkki was joined as a presenter on the roundtable by co-editors Dr. Kevin Woods, Research Staff Member at the Institute for Defense Analyses, and Dr. Mark Stout, lecturer at Johns Hopkins University’s Krieger School of Arts and Sciences.

Book Talk: The Performance of the Iraqi Army in Operation Desert Storm

1 November 2011 (Washington, DC)

CRRC hosted a book talk on Israeli Colonel (ret) Pesach Malovany’s “The Performance of the Iraqi Army in Operation Desert Storm.” Mr. Malovany, a retired intelligence officer in the Israel Defense Forces, presented his award-winning book on the military in Saddam Hussein’s Iraq at a CRRC-sponsored book talk and answered audience questions. Mr. David Palkki, CRRC Deputy Director, chaired the event. Dr. Amatzia Baram, a professor in the Department of Middle Eastern History at the University of Haifa, served as discussant.

The Iran-Iraq War: The View from Baghdad

25-27 October  2011 (Washington, DC)

The Iran-Iraq War: The View from Baghdad“, co-sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (WWICS), drew on captured records from Saddam Hussein’s regime to cast light on Iraqi decision-making during the Iran-Iraq War. Digital copies of these records are available via the CRRC’s Saddam Hussein Regime Collection page. These new materials, including high-level Iraqi government documents and recorded conversations between Saddam and his advisors, shed light on the origins of the conflict, the conflict’s global and regional Cold War contexts, the decision-making processes of Iraq’s leadership, and a wide variety of other topics.

Minerva Initiative Annual Conference 2011

15-16 September 2011 (Washington, DC)

Dr. Lorry Fenner, CRRC Director, participated in the panel, “How can DoD better support and utilize social science research?” at the annual Minerva Initiative Conference at the University of California Washington Center in support of OSD Policy. Specifically, she discussed data and resource sharing in the defense community. CRRC staff also assisted in outreach for the conference.

Ten Years Later: Insights on al-Qaeda’s Past & Future through Captured Records

13 – 14 September 2011 (Washington, DC)

“Ten Years Later: Insights on al-Qaeda’s Past & Future through Captured Records” was presented by the Conflict Records Research Center (CRRC) and Johns Hopkins Center for Advanced Governmental Studies at National Defense University. This conference examined what we knew about al-Qaeda before 9/11, and what we have learned over the past 10 years. It also examined how captured records and other primary sources can contribute to our understanding of future challenges from al-Qaeda and its affiliates. This conference highlighted the CRRC’s collection of al-Qaeda and Associated Movements (AQAM) records. Sample CRRC records released in conjunction with this event are available to the public via the AQAM Collections page. Videos and an e-book of the conference proceedings are also available.

Speakers included:

Congressman Mac Thornberry

The Honorable Michael Vickers

The Honorable Juan Zarate

Mr. Peter Bergen

Dr. Thomas Hegghammer

September 11th ….Ten Years Later: How has it changed the Heartland?

9 September 2011 (Bismark, ND)

Dr. Fenner presented an address at the 9-11 conference “September 11th ….Ten Years Later: How has it changed the Heartland?” hosted by Bismarck State College, North Dakota, on her experiences as a staff member of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States.

American Political Science Association’s Annual Conference 2011

1-4 September 2011 (Seattle, WA)

CRRC employees conducted outreach at a CRRC information booth in the convention hall of the American Political Science Association’s Annual Conference.

University of Kansas and the Dole Institute of Politics

30 March – 1 April, 2011 (Lawrence, KS)

Mr. Palkki presented research findings on Saddam’s Iraq at the University of Kansas and the Dole Institute of Politics as a Dole Archive Visiting Fellow.

Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Annual Conference 2011

29 March – 2 April, 2011 (Philadelphia, PA)

CRRC staff conducted outreach at a CRRC information booth in the convention hall of the annual Association of College and Research Libraries conference.

International Studies Association (ISA) Annual Conference 2011

16-19 March 2011 (Montreal, CA)

Dr. Fenner chaired a roundtable on “Saddam’s Iraq: We Now Know?” at the 2011 Annual Conference of the International Studies Association (ISA). Roundtable participants addressed how well earlier assessments of Saddam and Iraq hold up in light of CRRC records and other new sources. Roundtable members included Amatzia Baram, Kevin Woods, Judith Yaphe, and Denise Natali.

Mr. Palkki presented a paper on “Coercive Disarmament: Lessons from Iraq,” at the ISA conference.

CRRC employees staffed a CRRC information booth in the convention hall of the conference.

The Mother of All Battles: Saddam Hussein’s Strategic Plan for the Persian Gulf War

24 February 2011 (Washington, DC)

The CRRC hosted an open discussion of the book, “The Mother of All Battles: Saddam Hussein’s Strategic Plan for the Persian Gulf War,” with author Kevin M. Woods, research staff member at the Institute of Defense Analyses, with expert commentary by Steven R. Ward, CIA visiting professor at the US Naval Academy, and Thomas A. Keaney, executive director of the Merrill Center for Strategic Studies, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies/Johns Hopkins University.

Panel on the “U.S. Nuclear Posture: Credibility, Deterrence and Disarmament”

21 January 2011 (Washington, DC)

Mr. Palkki presented “The US Nuclear Deterrent and Saddam’s Non-Use of WMD during the Gulf War: New Insights from Captured Iraqi Records,” at an Institute for Global Conflict and Cooperation/Carnegie Corporation panel on the “U.S. Nuclear Posture: Credibility, Deterrence and Disarmament.” The panel was open to the public and took place from 2:00-4:30pm at the University of California’s Washington Center (UCDC).

20th Anniversary Commemoration of the Beginning of Military Operations to Liberate Kuwait

20 January 2011 (College Station, TX)

In conjunction with the Scowcroft Institute’s 20th Anniversary Commemoration of the Beginning of Military Operations to Liberate Kuwait, the CRRC released relevant transcripts of meetings between Saddam and his inner circle to conference participants and subsequently posted them to the CRRC’s Saddam Husein Collection webpage.

Military Professionalism: Introspection and Reflection on Basic Tenets and the Way Ahead

10 January 2011 (Washington, DC)

Dr. Fenner moderated a panel on “Professional Disagreement on Policy: Introspection and Reflection on Basic Tenets and the Way Ahead” NDU’s Institute for National Security Ethics and Leadership sponsored this conference on Military Professionalism.