Defense and Security

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The Columbia University Seminar on Defense and Security (CSDS) advances understanding of global military issues through sustained analysis. The seminar addresses the most urgent problems of our time; assesses strategies to resolve, mitigate, and meet these challenges; and initiates specific courses of action.

This seminar is co-sponsored by University Seminars and the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies.

Queries may be sent to or CSDS Co-Chairs. All are welcome to participate.

Professor Nancy Walbridge Collins

Suzanne Alexis El Sanadi

CSDS meets on Tuesdays, 12:00-2:00pm, International Affairs Building, Saltzman Seminar Room 1302. The first hour is an informal brown bag / drop-by discussion (12noon-1:00pm), and the Speaker Hour (1:00-2:00) is more formal, with an RSVP required to We keep a wait list when we reach room capacity. To minimize disruption, we ask that participants arrive by 1:00pm. Members are given priority seating if the seminar is oversubscribed.

Membership applications are available at the seminar.

Meeting dates and locations are subject to change. Please confirm with the seminar rapporteur.



10/03/2017 IAB, Saltzman Seminar Room 1302
12:00 PM
Daniel Keyserling, Senior Advisor to Chairman of Alphabet (formerly known as Google)

11/14/2017 IAB, Saltzman Seminar Room 1302
1:00 PM
A Series on the Realities of Global Terrorism
J.B. Williams, Command Military Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations

01/30/2018 IAB, Saltzman Seminar Room 1302
12:00 PM
U.S. Army Rangers
Daniel S. Morgan, U.S. Army Rangers

02/13/2018 IAB, Saltzman Seminar Room 1302
12:00 PM
FBI Counterterrorism
Charles E. Berger, FBI Counterterrorism

03/06/2018 IAB, Saltzman Seminar Room 1302
12:00 PM
U.S. Special Operations Command
LeAnne Howard, U.S. Special Operations Command