Choices: Military & Diplomacy
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Choices: Military & Diplomacy

For the fifth week of Choices, the topic of discussion will be Military & Diplomacy. The program will be led by Melissa Dalton, senior fellow and deputy director of the CSIS International Security Program. The program will be moderated by Dr. Jack MacLennan, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Park University. The program will take place from 4-5 p.m. CT on Tuesday, October 6. All Choices series events will take place digitally on the Zoom platform.

When: Tuesday, October 6, 2020
4-5 p.m. CT
Where: Zoom
United States
Contact: Evan Verploegh

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The cost of admission is donation-based, with a suggested $20 donation for individual programs, and $100 for access to all 8 Choices Election Series programs. Students and those experiencing financial hardship are welcome to register for a complimentary ticket.


About the Speaker
Melissa Dalton is a senior fellow and deputy director of the CSIS International Security Program (ISP) and director of the Cooperative Defense Project (CDP). Her CDP research focuses on reinforcing the principled foundations of U.S. defense policy and military operations. She also frequently conducts research and writes on security cooperation with allies and partners and U.S. defense policy in the Middle East. As deputy director, she advises the ISP director on a broad range of strategic and management issues. She manages the daily operations of ISP, including a team of 50 resident staff and an extensive network of nonresident affiliates.

Prior to joining CSIS in 2014, Ms. Dalton served in a number of positions at the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy from 2007 to 2014. She most recently was a senior adviser for force planning, where she contributed to the 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review and DoD’s planning guidance. Previously, she served as special assistant to the under secretary of defense for policy, as policy adviser to the commander of the International Security Assistance Force in Kabul, Afghanistan, and as country director for Lebanon and Syria. In 2012, she was a visiting fellow at the Center for a New American Security. Prior to her DoD service, she taught English to middle and high school students in Damascus, Syria, in 2006. From 2003 to 2005, she served as an intelligence analyst at the Defense Intelligence Agency.

Ms. Dalton holds a B.A. in foreign affairs from the University of Virginia and an M.A. in international relations from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and was a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow.


About the Moderator
Dr. Jack MacLennan is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Park University where he teaches international politics, comparative politics, and political theory. He will also be the director of Park’s future Master’s program in National Security Studies. Dr. MacLennan is a native of Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada. He holds a Bachelor’s (with honors) in Political Science from St. Thomas University (Fredericton, NB), Master's degrees in Political Science (University of Windsor, Windsor, ON) and Public Policy (University of Michigan-Dearborn), and a PhD in Political Science from Carleton University (Ottawa, ON). Dr. MacLennan’s research interests include international relations theory, technology, security studies, and warfare.


Supporting Conversation Sponsor

Park University 


Supporting Series Sponsor

Nancy C. Messer


 About the Choices Election Issues Series
The 2020 presidential election will present the American people with consequential choices around international challenges and the future of U.S. foreign policy. In the eight weeks leading up to November 3, the International Relations Council will offer a series of insightful conversations with notable experts on foreign policy issues relevant to this year’s election and what comes next. Rather than advocate a particular approach or outcome, the nonpartisan  Choices series will serve to inform voters through a presentation of historical context and a detailed examination of the foreign policy platforms of the major-party candidates. We welcome diverse perspectives and encourage the community to join us in meaningful discourse around these issues of global importance.




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please contact Matthew Hughes.