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Date: Thursday, October 15,  2015

Time: Membership Social at 7:30
Program at 8:00 p.m.

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Dr. John R. Deni


The Western strategy toward Russia over the last quarter century has been driven by a consensus that economic interdependence and other forms of interconnectedness enmesh states in a web of relationships that lessen security competition.  This logic of security and peace through interdependence rests at least in part on the notion that a rising tide lifts all boats – in other words, a positive-sum game, in which benefits for one country lead to benefits for all.  Unfortunately, Russia has not been interested in a positive-sum game, preferring instead a zero-sum game.  How should the West respond?  Beyond Russia's illegal annexation of Crimea, and its ongoing invasion of eastern Ukraine, what strategy should the West follow to best safeguard Western interests in Europe and elsewhere?  What policies would be best suited to fulfilling that strategy?


Dr. John R. Deni is a Research Professor of Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational Security Studies at the Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College. He previously worked for 8 years as a political advisor for senior U.S. military commanders in Europe. While working for the U.S. military in Europe, Dr. Deni was also an adjunct lecturer at Heidelberg University’s Institute for Political Science where he taught graduate and undergraduate courses on U.S. foreign and security policy, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), European security, and alliance theory and practice. He is the author or editor of three books, including Alliance Management and Maintenance: Restructuring NATO for the 21st Century, as well as several peer-reviewed monographs and journal articles.




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