Focusing on the three major elements of the Obama Administration’s counter-terrorism strategy, Professor Jon Caverley makes a case that direct action is a valuable tool, but journalists are underreporting the other two essential aspects of counter-terrorism that the President outlined in his recent speech at West Point.

image001Direct action through special operation forces and drone strikes generate headlines, says Caverley, but the second and third elements of the strategy–training of foreign militaries and American arms sales around the world-have the potential to create much larger, long term impacts on international politics.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014; 1 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time; noon, Central; 10 a.m., Pacific

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About the Speaker

Jonathan Caverley is a research associate at MIT. Previously, Caverley was an assistant professor of political science at Northwestern University. His current research examines the distribution of the costs of security within democracies, and its contribution to military aggressiveness. He also studies the globalization of the defense industry, and the role of technology in international politics.

His research has been supported by the International Security Program at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University; the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation; and the Program in International Security Policy, University of Chicago.

Caverley also served as a submarine officer in the U.S. Navy and as an assistant professor of naval science at Northwestern University, where he taught undergraduate classes in naval engineering and in leadership and management. He has consulted for the RAND Corp., where he helped develop scenarios for responding to a biological weapons attack in East Asia.

His Ph.D. and M.P.P. are from the University of Chicago, and he received his B.A. in history and literature from Harvard College.

The webinar is sponsored by the Medill National Security Journalism Initiative. For questions, please contact Timothy McNulty at