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The Enduring Legacy

Leadership and National Security Affairs During the Ronald Reagan Era

November 3 & 4, 2014   

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Keynote Speaker: Retired U.S. Navy Adm. James G. Stavridis, Ph.D.

StavridisAdmiral James Starvridis is the Dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.  He served for four years as the Supreme Allied Commander, NATO and Commander, U.S. European Command, 2009 to 2013.  In that position, he was responsible for 120,000 coalition troops on three continents.  Stavridis is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy (BS, Literature) and Tufts University (Ph.D., International Relations).  He is the author of five books and over 100 articles.





Dinner Speaker: Retired Ambassador Jack F. Matlock Jr., Ph.D.

MatlockA career Foreign Service Officer, Ambassador Jack Matlock isthe former U.S. Ambassador to the Soviet Union (1987-1991), Special Assistantto the President for National Security Affairs (1983-1986), and U.S. Ambassadorto Czechoslovakia (1981-1983). He graduated from Duke University (A.B., 1950) andColumbia University (M.A., Ph.D., 1952, 2013). Ambassador Matlock’s booksinclude Reagan and Gorbachev: How the Cold War Ended (Random House, 2004).





Panel Speakers

Bidlack, Richard
Richard Bidlack is the Martin and Brooke Stein Professor in History at Washington and Lee University. He has taught at W&L ever since he received his Ph.D. in Russian history from Indiana University in 1987. He helped launch W&L’s interdisciplinary Russian Area Studies Program in 1992 and served as program chair from 1994 to 2002. As a frequent visitor to the USSR during the Gorbachev era and to Russia subsequently, one of his favorite courses to teach is “The Decline and Fall of the Soviet Union and Resurgence of Russia.” His research has focused on the USSR in the Second World War. In 2012 he co-authored with Russian historian Nikita Lomagin The Leningrad Blockade, 1941-1944: A New Documentary History from the Soviet Archives (Yale University Press). He has recently started research on Protestant dissidents in the Soviet Union during the Khrushchev and Brezhnev eras.
Brower, Charles

Charles BrowerDr. Charles F. “Casey” Brower V is a professor of International Studies and the Henry King Burgwyn Professor of Military History at Virginia Military Institute. He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy and the Naval War College, and holds a doctorate in Diplomatic and Strategic History from the University of Pennsylvania.

In his military career, Brower was posted to tank and cavalry assignments in Europe and the United States and served on the faculties of the United States Military Academy and Department of Strategy and Policy at the Naval War College. He commanded an armored cavalry troop in Vietnam and served as the Army Aide to the President of the United States, Ronald Reagan from 1982-1984. 

 From 2001-2008, he was VMI’s Deputy Superintendent and Dean of Faculty. His resume includes numerous teaching positions, publications, and lectures. He’s the author of World War II in Europe: The Final Year (1998), George C. Marshall: Servant of the American Nation (2009) and Defeating Japan: The Joint Chiefs of Staff and Strategy in the Pacific War (2012). His current project is a study of Ronald Reagan and the Middle East.

He and his wife, Eileen, have lived in Lexington, Virginia since 2001. He has two grown children and twin granddaughters, Mary Ford and Cate, who have him and Eileen exactly where they want them.

Brown, Archie
BrownArchie Brown is Emeritus Professor of Politics at the University of Oxford and an Emeritus Fellow of St Antony’s College, Oxford. His latest book is The Myth of the Strong Leader: Political Leadership in the Modern Age, and his other publications include The Gorbachev Factor, which was awarded the W.J.M. Mackenzie Prize of the Political Studies Association of the UK for best politics book of the year and the Alec Nove Prize from the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies) for best book on Russia, Communism or post-Communism; Seven Years that Changed the World: Perestroika in Perspective; and The Rise and Fall of Communism, for which he received for a second time both the Mackenzie and the Nove prizes.

Archie Brown has been a Visiting Professor of Political Science at Yale, the University of Connecticut, Columbia University, and the University of Texas at Austin, and was Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, University of Notre Dame. He was elected to a Fellowship of the British Academy in 1991 and to Foreign Honorary Membership of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2003. He was appointed CMG in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List of 2005 ‘for services to UK-Russian relations and the study of political science and international affairs.'
Cannon, Lou
CannonMr. Lou Cannon, known for his political reporting on California and the nation, is the foremost biographer of Ronald Reagan. He worked for 26 years on the national staff of The Washington Post, during which time he was named “best newspaper White House correspondent” by a Washington Journalism Review survey (1985). He is now editorial advisor to State Net Capitol Journal in Sacramento, for which he writes a monthly “Cannon Perspective” column. He also writes for the acclaimed website, RealClearPolitics.

Mr. Cannon has written five books about Reagan, including “Reagan’s Disciple: George W. Bush’s Troubled Quest for a Presidential Legacy” (2008), “Governor Reagan: His Rise to Power” (2003), “President Reagan: The Role of a Lifetime“ (1991), “Reagan” (1982) and “Ronnie & Jesse: A Political Odyssey” (1969) a dual biography of Reagan and the flamboyant legislative leader Jesse Unruh. He also wrote the chapter on Reagan’s legacy in a book published in June 2014 by Time, “Reagan His Political Life and Lasting Legacy,” to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Reagan’s passing.

Mr. Cannon was honored by the American Political Science Association in 1969 for “distinguished reporting of public affairs” and in 1984 he received the White House Correspondents Association’s coveted Aldo Beckman award for overall excellence in presidential coverage. In 1986, Cannon won the Merriman Smith award for excellence in presidential news coverage—a single story written under deadline pressure. He won the first Gerald R. Ford Prize (1988) for distinguished reporting on the Nixon, Ford, and Reagan presidencies.

Cannon lectures on the presidency, the media, California politics, and police issues and has written for Smithsonian magazine, National Review, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and other publications.

Coleman, Bradley

Col Brad ColemanDr. Bradley Lynn Coleman is the George J. Collins, Sr., Chair in Military History and director of the John Adams ’71 Center for Military History & Strategic Analysis. 

Coleman graduated from the Virginia Military Institute (B.A., history, 1995) and Temple University (M.A., history, 1997). He earned his doctorate in history at the University of Georgia (2001), where he studied military history, U.S. foreign relations, and inter-American affairs. 

Dr. Coleman then held a two-year U.S. Army Central Identification Laboratory research fellowship, investigating the history of graves registration and forensic anthropology. From 2003 to 2007, he worked in the Office of the Historian, U.S. Department of State. During that time, he edited documentary histories on the Vietnam War and Cambodian genocide. He also wrote historical papers for U.S. policymakers on topics related to modern diplomacy. 

Between 2007 and 2012, Dr. Coleman served as the command historian at U.S. Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM), the Department of Defense headquarters for U.S. forces in Latin America and the Caribbean. As the command historian, Coleman designed and managed the USSOUTHCOM applied history program. In doing so, he conducted research on historical aspects of contemporary inter-American security issues; documented contemporary activities for posterity; and undertook outreach missions that advanced U.S. interests in Latin America and the Caribbean. Dr. Coleman received the Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff Joint Meritorious Civilian Service Award for his performance at USSOUTHCOM. 

Coleman joined the faculty of the Virginia Military Institute in August 2012. He is the author of Colombia and the United States: The Making of an Inter-American Alliance, 1939-1960 (Kent State University Press, 2008). His articles, The Colombian Army in Korea and Recovering the Korean War Dead, have appeared in the Journal of Military History. He has also written several book reviews, essays, and reference works—and presented papers at the American Historical Association, Society for Military History, and Southeastern Council for Latin American Studies Annual Conferences. He is an active member of the U.S. delegation to the Pan American Institute of Geography and History, Organization of American States.

Cooper, James
Dr. James CooperDr James Cooper, Senior Lecturer in History, Oxford Brookes University, UK - completed his PhD at Aberystwyth University in 2010 and then became Lecturer in Modern History at the same institution. In August 2012 he was appointed Senior Lecturer in History at Oxford Brookes University before spending the 2012/13 academic year as the Fulbright-Robertson Visiting Professor of British History at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, USA. His first monograph, Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan: A Very Political Special Relationship (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2012), is the first major examination of the Reagan-Thatcher relationship with regards to domestic policy. Dr Cooper in primarily interested in contemporary American political history and its transnational connections and comparisons with the rest of the world, particularly the United Kingdom.

He is currently developing two projects which will lead to further research outcomes. The first focuses on the response of US presidents to the Northern Ireland conflict during the ‘Troubles’. It will contribute to the relatively marginalised historiography of the Irish dimension of Anglo-American relations. The second is an examination of the relationship between Reagan and Thomas P. ‘Tip’ O’Neill (D-MA.), Speaker of the US House of Representatives, during the 1980s. It will be a timely study given the extent of partisan division in contemporary American politics.
Crist, David B.
Dr. David CristDr. David Crist serves as senior historian for Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. A recognized expert on the Middle East and defense issues, he is a frequent adviser to senior government and military officials on the Middle East, including for the past five years as a special advisor to the commander, U.S. Central Command. He is the author of the definitive history of contemporary U.S.—Iranian relations, THE TWILIGHT WAR, published in 2012 and updated last year. The book deals extensively with the Reagan administration and is remarkable for is numerous revelations about the administration’s secret military and covert activities during the 1980s. As an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, he served in the first Gulf War and two tours with elite special operations forces in Afghanistan and Iraq. He received a B.A. from the University of Virginia and a master's and doctorate in Middle Eastern history from Florida State University. Dr. Crist lives in Potomac, Maryland.
Dobson, Alan P.
Alan P. DobsonAlan Dobson is an honorary Professor in the School of International Relations, St. Andrews University and was Professor of Politics at Dundee University, 1999-2011. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. He held a Senior Research Fellowship at the Nobel Institute, Oslo, 1997; the Lenna Fellowship St. Bonaventure University, NY, 2005; and a Distinguished Visiting Research Professor Fellowship at the McBride Center for International Business Studies, Baylor University, Texas, 2008. He is editor of the Journal of Transatlantic Studies and Chair of the Transatlantic Studies Association, both of which he founded. He has published extensively on Anglo-American relations, economic warfare and the politics and diplomacy of the international airline system. Recent publications include FDR and Civil Aviation, (New York: 2011); Globalization and Regional Integration: the Origins, Development and Impact of the Single European Aviation Market (London/New York: 2007), and in 2012 co-edited with Steve Marsh, Anglo-American Relations: Contemporary Perspectives (New York/London: 2012). In the autumn of 2012 he held a Fulbright Fellowship teaching in the Department of Political Science at Baylor University Texas and conducted research at the Bush Presidential Library at Texas A&M University, College Station. During his stay in the USA he gave papers at Texas A&M University; University of Texas at San Antonio; Wake Forrest University; North Georgia State University; and at Baylor.
Fischer, Beth

Fischer, BethBeth A. Fischer, Ph.D., is the program coordinator of the Woodsworth ONE program at the University of Toronto. A specialist in U.S. foreign policy and international relations, she was previously on the faculty of the Munk School of Global Affairs (Toronto), as well as the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (Ottawa).

Fischer is the author of "The Reagan Reversal: US Foreign Policy and the End of the Cold War" (University of Missouri Press, 1997) and "Triumph: Ronald Reagan’s Legacy and American Politics Today" (forthcoming). In 2002 she was awarded a Nobel Fellowship for her work on conflict management and the end of the Cold War. From 2000-2003 she was co-editor, with Margaret MacMillan, of International Journal, Canada’s leading journal on international affairs. Fischer has published articles on the Reagan administration, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, intelligence analysis, decision making, and more.


Glantz, David
David M. GlantzRetired U.S. Army Col. David M. Glantz, Editor, The Journal of Slavic Military Studies -   A graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the U.S. Army’s Command and General Staff College, Defense Language Institute, Institute for Russian and Eastern European Studies, and War College, Colonel David M. Glantz served for over 30 years in the U.S. Army before retiring in December 1993. He began his military career in 1963 as a field artillery officer and served in various assignments in the United States and Vietnam from 1965 to 1969. After teaching history at the United States Military Academy from 1969 through 1973, he completed the army’s Soviet foreign area specialist program and became chief of Estimates in US Army Europe’s Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence (USAREUR ODCSI) from 1977 to 1979. Upon his return to the United States in 1979, he became chief of research at the Army’s newly-formed Combat Studies Institute (CSI) at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, from 1979 to 1983, and then Director of Soviet Army Operations at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, from 1983 to 1986. Returning to Fort Leavenworth in 1986, he helped found and later directed the U.S. Army’s Soviet (later Foreign) Military Studies Office (FMSO), where he remained until his retirement in 1993. While at FMSO, he established The Journal of Slavic Military Studies, a scholarly journal for which he still serves as chief editor. A member of the Russian Federation’s Academy of Natural Sciences, he has written or co-authored more than twenty commercially published books, over sixty self-published studies and atlases, and over one hundred articles dealing with the history of the Red (Soviet) Army, Soviet military strategy, operational art, and tactics, Soviet airborne operations, intelligence, and deception, and other topics related to World War II. In recognition of his work, he has received several awards, including the Society of Military History’s prestigious Samuel Eliot Morrison Prize for his contributions to the study of military history.
Gorman, Paul
Paul GormanPaul Gorman is a retired Army general whose active duty spanned an enlistment in the Navy toward the end of World War II, graduation from West Point in 1950, three years of infantry combat in Korea and Vietnam, and two decades of assignments in the upper echelons of the Pentagon. He was one author-editor of the so-called Pentagon Papers, a member of the US delegation for the Paris peace talks with the Vietnamese, a National Intelligence Officer during the Carter Administration, and Assistant to two Chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during the Reagan Administration. In 1983 President Reagan appointed him Commander in Chief of the U.S. Southern Command. When General Gorman retired in 1985, he contributed to the consensus that led to the Goldwater-Nichols Defense Reorganization Act of 1986. He also assisted two presidential commissions: as a member of the Packard Commission on Defense Management, and as an advisor to the Commission on Organized Crime.
Granieri, Ronald J.
Ronald J. GranieriRonald J. Granieri is a Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute in Philadelphia, where he is the Executive Director of the Center for the Study of America and the West, and is also Director of Research and Lecturer in History for the Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania. Since 2012 he has also worked as a contract historian for the Office of the Secretary of Defense Historical Office, researching and writing a study of the tenure of Caspar Weinberger as Secretary. He is the author of The Ambivalent Alliance: Konrad Adenauer, the CDU/CSU, and the West, 1949-1966 (Oxford and New York: Berghahn Books, 2003) as well as a number of articles on European History, European-American Relations, and contemporary politics. He has taught at Penn, Syracuse, Temple, and Furman, as well as serving as a Visiting Professor at the University of Tübingen in Germany. His fellowships have included a Research Fellowship and a Federal Chancellor Scholarship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, as well as membership in the American Council on Germany's Young Leader Program.
Gray, David
David GrayColonel David Gray, Ph.D., US Army (Retired), assumed duties as Director of the Center for Leadership and Ethics in August 2014. He manages the Center’s programs to enhance the Corps of Cadets’ leadership, character, and ethical development, as well as challenging them through an annual series of conferences on topics of national and international importance. Colonel Gray is a 1980 Honors Scholar and Distinguished Military Graduate from Western Illinois University. He has earned masters and doctorate degrees in military history from The Ohio State University and a master’s degree in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College. Colonel Gray was selected as a Federal Executive Fellow at Brookings Institution from 2003-2004. During his military career, Colonel Gray exercised executive leadership in command and staff positions of increasing responsibility across the globe. He commanded progressively larger units from an infantry platoon through a multi-functional brigade combat team. His overseas deployments included Haiti, the Balkans, Afghanistan, and Iraq. He commanded the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) in Iraq from 2005-2006. He worked as an operations officer and strategist during tours on the Joint and Army Staffs in Washington D.C. Colonel Gray has served as a faculty member and academic leader at several public and non-profit educational institutions including: West Point, University of Maryland, Valley Forge Military Academy and College, and The Ohio State University. He served as Chair and Professor of Officership at the Simon Center for the Professional Military Ethic at the United States Military Academy. Colonel Gray joined VMI after serving as the Director of Strategy and Campaigning at the Saudi War College in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Colonel Gray’s research and publications focus on topics in modern military history, policy/strategy, and leadership.
Havers, Rob
Dr. Rob HaversDr. Rob Havers has been president of the George C. Marshall Foundation since May 2014. He came to his post from his previous position as executive director of The National Churchill Museum and vice president for the Churchill Institute at Westminster College, located in Fulton, Missouri.

The Churchill Museum includes a museum, archives and a research library, all similar components to the structure of the Marshall Foundation. Dr. Havers had been affiliated with the Churchill organizations and Westminster College since 2004.

He has previously served as Fulbright-Robertson visiting professor of British History at Westminster College and served as a professor of War Studies at Sandhurst and taught at the London School of Economics and Political Science and Cambridge.

An accomplished scholar, author and public speaker, Dr. Havers graduated from Queen Mary College, Univ. of London with a bachelor’s degree in history and politics; London School of Economics and Political Science with a master’s degree in later modern British history and Pembroke College of Univ. of Cambridge with a Ph.D.

He is the author of several articles and books. His Ph.D. thesis, “Reassessing the Japanese POW Experience: The Changi POW Camp, 1942-45,” was published as a book in 2003 and subsequently reissued in paperback in 2013.
Hentz, James J.

Hentz, James J.Col. Hentz, Ph.D., is professor and chair of the Department of International Studies and Political Science at theVirginia Military Institute. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. He has contributed articles to journals and edited volumes, including Political Science Quarterly, Journal of Commonwealth and Comparative Politics, Journal of Modern African Studies, Defense and Security Analysis, Hoover Digest, Orbis, and the Review of International Studies. He is the co-editor of New and Critical Security and Regionalism: Beyond the Nation State (2003), editor of Obligation of Empire: U.S. Grand Strategy for a New Century (2004), and editor of The Routledge African Security Handbook (Taylor & Francis/Routledge Press, 2013). He is the author of South Africa and the Logic of Regional Cooperation (Indiana University Press, 2005). He is editor-in-chief of the Taylor & Francis/Routledge quarterly journal African Security. In 1993/94 he was a visiting scholar at Rand Afrikaans University (Johannesburg); in 2003 he was a visiting Fulbright Scholar at the Miklós Zrínyi National Defense University, Hungary; and in the summer of 2007 he was awarded the Duignan Distinguished Visiting Fellowship at Stanford University’s Hoover Institute. Col. Hentz won the 2007 Outstanding Faculty Award for the state of Virginia, from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. In 2014 he won the Virginia Social Science Association (VSSA) award for scholarship in international studies and political science. He is currently revising his manuscript, The Nature of War in Africa, for publication.

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Hitchcock, William I.
William I. HitchcockWilliam I. Hitchcock is Professor of History at the University of Virginia and the Randolph P. Compton Professor at UVa's Miller Center. His work and teaching focus on the international, diplomatic and military history of the 20th Century, in particular the era of the world wars and the cold war. He has written widely on trans-Atlantic relations and European history and politics.

He received his B.A. degree from Kenyon College in 1986 and his Ph.D. from Yale in 1994, working under the supervision of Paul Kennedy. Hitchcock taught at Yale, Wellesley College and Temple University before taking up his position at UVa in 2010.
He is the author of France Restored: Cold War Diplomacy and the Quest for Leadership in Europe (UNC, 1998); From War to Peace: Altered Strategic Landscapes in the 20th Century, co-edited with Paul Kennedy (Yale, 2000); The Struggle for Europe: The Turbulent History of a Divided Continent, 1945-present (Doubleday/Anchor, 2002);and The Bitter Road to Freedom: A New History of the Liberation of Europe (Free Press, 2008), which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, a winner of the George Louis Beer Prize, and a Financial Times bestseller.

He is now at work on The Age of Eisenhower: America and the World in the 1950s.
Kipp, Jacob
 Kipp, JacobJacob W. Kipp  retired from federal service in September 2009 and is currently an Adjunct Professor at the University of Kansas and  a contributor to the Eurasia Daily Monitor of the Jamestown Foundation.  He received his PhD. in Russian History from the Pennsylvania State University in 1970. From 1971 to 1985 he taught Russian and Military and Nval History at the Kansas State University.  In January 1986 he joined the newly founded  Soviet Army Studies Office (SASO) at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas, as a senior analyst. In 1991, SASO became the Foreign Military Studies Office (FMSO).  In 2003, Dr. Kipp  became director of FMSO and served in that capacity until October 2006.  During that time he was instrumental in the development of the Human Terrain system concept and secured its initial funding. In 2006 he joined the School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS) as Deputy Director. In that capacity he was involved in initiating the second-start, expanding the existing SAMS course, re-configuring the curriculum to reflect the then current complex operational environments. He has published extensively on Russian and Soviet naval and military history.  Topics have included Russian naval reform in the 19th century, Soviet naval history and analysis, operational art in theory and practice,  and foresight and forecasting in Russian and Soviet military affairs.  From 1992 to 2001 he served as the US editor of European Security. Over his scholarly career he has published 9  books, 47 articles in refereed journals, and more than 50 chapters in books. His most recent essays, "Russia's Future Arms Control Agenda and Posture," in: Stephen J. Blank, ed., Russia and the Current State of Arms Control. (Carlisle Barracks, PA: U. S. Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute, 2012, pp. 1-62, "Оперативное искусство и любопытный западный нарратив о вкладе России," Русский сборник: Исследование по истории России. XVIII, (2013), pp. 289-328, and  "Russia as a Nuclear Power in the Eurasian Context," in: Ashley J. Tellis, Abraham M. Denmark, and Travis Tanner., eds., Asia in the Second Nuclear Age. Washington, DC: The National Bureau of Asian Research, 2014.
Locher, James R.
LocherJames R. Locher III has more than twenty-five years of experience in both the executive and legislative branches of the federal government. He graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1968, received an MBA from the Harvard Business School in 1974, and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Hampden-Sydney College in 1992.

Mr. Locher began his career in Washington as an executive trainee in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Subsequently, he served in the Executive Office of the President as executive secretary of the White House Working Group on Maritime Policy. Returning to the Pentagon, Mr. Locher worked as an operations research analyst in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Program Analysis and Evaluation.

In 1978, Mr. Locher joined the Senate Committee on Armed Services as a professional staff member, initially, serving as senior adviser on international security affairs and force projection programs. In 1985, the committee assigned Mr. Locher responsibility for strategy and organization. He directed the bipartisan staff effort that resulted in the Goldwater-Nichols Defense Reorganization Act of 1986 and served as the senior staffer for the special operations and low-intensity conflict reform legislation, known as the Cohen-Nunn Amendment.

President George H. W. Bush appointed Mr. Locher to the post of assistant secretary of defense for special operations and low-intensity conflict in October 1989. He supervi¬sed the special opera¬tions and low-intensity conflict activities of the Department of Defense, performed as the principal civilian adviser to the secretary of defense on these matters, and represented the secretary in senior subordinate groups of the National Security Council. He served as assistant secretary throughout the Bush administration and first five months of the Clinton administration. During the latter period, Mr. Locher also served as acting under secretary of defense for policy. Upon leaving government service in June 1993, he was awarded the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service, the department’s highest civilian award.

For the next ten years, Mr. Locher consulted, lectured, and wrote. He served as a senior consultant to the Commission on Roles and Missions of the Armed Forces and as a member of the secretary of defense’s Task Force on Defense Reform and the National Security Study Group of the U.S. Commission on National Security/21st Century. In 1999, Mr. Locher joined the board of directors of Power Medical Interventions, a medical device company. Subsequently, he was elected company secretary and later board vice chairman. In 2002, Texas A&M University Press published his book, “Victory on the Potomac: The Goldwater-Nichols Act Unifies the Pentagon.”

In 2003-04, Mr. Locher chaired the Defense Reform Commission of Bosnia and Herzegovina. In 2005, the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution awarded Mr. Locher its Medal of Honor for “outstanding service to the United States.” From 2006-12, he served as president and CEO of the Project on National Security Reform, a nonprofit organization that worked to modernize and improve the U.S. national security system to better protect the American people against 21st century dangers.

Currently, Mr. Locher holds appointments as a visiting professor of interagency national security studies at the U.S. Army War College, visiting distinguished research fellow at the National Defense University, and distinguished senior fellow at the Joint Special Operations University.
Longley, Kyle
Kyle LongleyKyle Longley is the Snell Family Dean’s Distinguished Professor in the School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies and the School of Politics and Global Studies at Arizona State University and an affiliate in the School of Transborder Studies, the Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict, and Center for Law and Global Affairs in the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. He also is a faculty associate at the Strauss Center of the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs.

He has authored six books including "The Sparrow and the Hawk: Costa Rica and the United States During the Rise of José Figueres, 1942-1957" (1997) [winner of the Thomas Book Prize from the South Eastern Council on Latin American Studies], "In the Eagle’s Shadow: The United States and Latin America" (2002, 2nd edition, 2009); "Senator Albert Gore, Sr.: Tennessee Maverick" (2004), "Grunts: The American Combat Soldier in Vietnam" (2008), and "The Morenci Marines: A Tale of Small Town America and the Vietnam War" (2013). He is currently working on several books including "In Harm’s Way: A Military History of the United States" (for Oxford University Press) and "The Death of LBJ: Days in the Life of the President."

Dr. Longley is a prize-winning teacher whose work at the undergraduate and graduate levels routinely has received recognition. In 2003, the Associated Students of Arizona State University named Dr. Longley the Centennial Professor as the outstanding teacher of the year. He also has received other awards including the Zebulon Pearce Award for Outstanding Teacher in the Humanities, as well as the ASU Habitat for Humanity “Making the World a Cooler Place to Live” Teaching Award, and the Preparing Future Faculty Program Mentor Appreciation Award.

He has also been active in professional organizations such as the American Historical Association, the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, the Organization of American Historians (OAH), and the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association, on the latter serving as its president, 2011-2012. For the OAH, he sat on the Distinguished Lecturer Board for eight years and was a member of the Frederick Jackson Turner Book Prize Committee in 2006. Currently, he is a member of the AHA program committee for the 2016 meeting. In addition, he has helped distribute information about U.S. foreign relations and politics on the national and international level, acting as a consultant or contributor to The Washington Post, Newsweek, Time, ABC News, Slate, the Arizona Republic, Los Angeles Times, Austin-American Statesman, the Associated Press, the Voice of America, JiJi Press, and Jornal do Brasil.
MacDonnell, Francis

Francis MacDonnellFrancis MacDonnell is a professor of history at Southern Virginia University. He earned a B.A. in history from Saint Michael’s College in Vermont, an M.A. in history from Marquette University, and a Ph.D. in history from Harvard University. Prior to arriving at Southern Virginia University, he was a lecturer in history at Yale University from 1993 to 1995. He authored Insidious Foes:The Axis Fifth Column and the American Home Front (Oxford University Press, 1995) as well as articles in Civil War History, the International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence, and the Journal of American Culture.

He has presented scholarly papers at the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, the Southern Historical Association, and the Organization of American Historians. His main areas of teaching interest include American civilization and politics, the American Civil War, and twentieth century American history.
A.B., St. Michael's College, 1981; M.A., Marquette University, 1983; A.M., Ph.D., Harvard University, 1986, 1991

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Patton, David F.
David F. PattonDavid F. Patton is professor of government and international relations at Connecticut College in New London, CT where he teaches classes on European politics. He received a B.A. from Swarthmore College and a Ph.D. in Government from Cornell University. As a graduate student living in West Berlin, he was witness to the fall of the Berlin Wall and German unification. Patton has been a research associate at the Center for German and European Studies at Georgetown University, a visiting scholar at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University, and a visiting scholar at the Social Science Center Berlin. In Spring/Summer 2014, he was a U.S. Fulbright Scholar at European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder), Germany.

Dr. Patton's publications include Out of the East: From PDS to Left Party in Unified Germany (Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 2011) and Cold War Politics in Postwar Germany (New York: St. Martin's Press, 1999). In addition, he has published numerous articles and book chapters on German politics, including Annus Mirabilis: 1989 and German Unification, in the Oxford Handbook of Modern German History, edited by Helmut Walser Smith (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011).
Ridgway, Rozanne L.
Rozanne L. RidgwayDuring a 32-year career in the U.S. Foreign Service, Ambassador Ridgway served, among other positions, as Ambassador to the German Democratic Republic, Counselor of the Department of State, Ambassador to Finland, and Ambassador for Oceans and Fisheries Affairs. As Assistant Secretary of State for European and Canadian Affairs from 1985 to mid-1989, Ambassador Ridgway was present at all five Reagan-Gorbachev summit meetings, for which she was the principal negotiator of the agenda and final statement.

In recognition of her contributions to American foreign policy, Ambassador Ridgway received many awards in her diplomatic career, including the Presidential Citizens Medal and, twice, the Presidential Distinguished Performance Award. Her honors from the State Department included, among others, the Secretary of State’s Distinguished Service Award and the Distinguished Honor Award.

In the years following her 1989 retirement from the Foreign Service, Ambassador Ridgway has served as a director, trustee, or chairman of a multitude of American corporations, public policy institutions, and not-forprofit organizations, including, for example, the National Geographic Society, The Boeing Company and 3M. She is at present Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the CNA Corporation, a not-for-profit operational research and analysis organization serving federal, state, and local agencies, principally the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps.

Ambassador Ridgway was elected to the National Women’s Hall of Fame in 1998. She has been awarded the Knight Commander’s Cross (Badge and Star) of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, as well as the Insignia of the Grand Cross of the Order of the Lion of Finland.
Savranskaya, Svetlana
Dr. Svetlana Savranskaya serves as the National Security Archive's director for its cooperative projects with Russian archives and institutes and editor of the Russian and East Bloc Archival Documents Database. She earned her Ph.D. in political science and international affairs in 1998 from Emory University, where she studied under Professor Robert Pastor and worked as a Hewlett Fellow at the Carter Presidential Center in Atlanta. While completing her Ph.D., she served as a research associate and interpreter for several Archive-Cold War International History Project efforts, including most prominently the Carter-Brezhnev Project of Brown University's Watson Institute, as well as the End of the Cold War Project.

A Russian citizen, she has won several fellowships and awards during her graduate studies, including a prestigious dissertation fellowship from the Institute for the Study of World Politics. She did her undergraduate work in history at Moscow State University.
Siekmeier, James F.
James F. SiekmeierJames F. Siekmeier received his Ph.D. in 1993 in History from Cornell, specializing in the history of US foreign policy. He has taught courses on U.S. and Latin American history at several U.S. colleges and universities, and in Bolivia on two Fulbright Fellowships. From 2001-2007, he worked in the Office of the Historian, U.S. Department of State, working on the American Republics volumes in the Foreign Relations of the United States series. He recently published The Bolivian Revolution and the United States, 1952-Present, with Penn State University Press. His article on the Iran-Contra Scandal is in press, an article in Wiley-Blackwell’s Companion to Ronald Reagan. He is currently associate professor of history at West Virginia University, and is working on a book manuscript on globalization and Latin American nationalism.

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 6303
220 Woodburn Hall
Department of History
West Virginia University
Morgantown, WV 26506
Trivelli, Paul

Paul TrivelliRetired Ambassador Paul Trivelli is currently serving as Ambassador in Residence for the University of Miami’s M.A. in International Administration program. 

Amb. Trivelli retired from the U.S. Foreign Service in 2011 after a 33 year career. His final two State Department assignments were as Civilian Deputy to the Commander of U.S. Southern Command (2008-2011) and U.S. Ambassador to Nicaragua (2005-2008). Ambassador Trivelli served numerous prior assignments overseas in Latin America as well as within the Department of State’s Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs.

Amb. Trivelli earned a B.A. from Williams College, and M.A. degrees from both the Graduate School of International Studies of the University of Denver and the Naval War College.

Ward, Evan R.
Evan R. Ward is a Visiting Fellow at the Wheatley Institution and associate professor of History at Brigham Young University. He previously taught as an assistant and associate professor at the University of North Alabama from 2001 to 2008. While there, he also served as the Interim Director of the Center for International Programs, which had an annual local economic impact of approximately $20 million. His main research interests include economic history, Latin American history, natural resource policy, and tourism development.

Ward has traveled, worked, and researched in many places around the world, including Argentina, Austria, Chile, China, Colombia, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Germany, India, Japan, México, Nepal, Peru, Turkey, and Uruguay. He holds a strong interest in culture and languages and has studied Arabic, Catalan, Chinese, French, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish, and Turkish to one degree or another. He earned an undergraduate degree from BYU and graduate degrees from the University of Georgia. Evan and the former Jennie Lee Shellabarger have been married since 1996 and are the parents of two children.
Wilson, James Graham
Dr. James Graham WilsonDr. James Graham Wilson works in the Office of the Historian at the U.S. Department of State. In the spring of 2014, he served as a shift lead on the Ukraine-Russia Coordination Team in the Bureau of European Affairs. A graduate of Vassar College and the University of Virginia, Wilson is the author of "The Triumph of Improvisation: Gorbachev's Adaptability, Reagan's Engagement, and the End of the Cold War" (Cornell University Press, 2014) and the editor of two forthcoming Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS) volumes on the Reagan administration's policies toward the Soviet Union. He is currently working on two additional FRUS volumes: "National Security Policy, 1985-1988" and the "Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty."