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

Geneva Matthews

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.



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