Berkley Lecture: The Role of the Military in a 21st Century World
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Each year, the IRC's Berkley Lecture explores a topic of global relevance through conversation with an expert. This year's program will feature Col. Nicolas Auboin, French liaison officer at the Combined Arms Center, Fort Leavenworth, who will discuss the role of the military in a 21st Century world. Tickets for IRC members are $50; general admission, $60; students of IRC educational partners, $40. Please contact Matthew Hughes if you would like to sponsor student seats. Continue below for more.

When: Monday, December 12, 2016
5:30-8:00 p.m.
Where: Brio Tuscan Grille
502 Nichols Rd
Kansas City, Missouri  64112
United States
Presenter: Col. Nicolas Auboin – French Liaison Officer, Combined Arms Center
Contact: Matthew Hughes

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About the Berkley Lecture

The Eliot S. Berkley Lecture was founded in 1996 and brings an expert in foreign policy and global affairs to the Kansas City area. The lecture was established through the Eliot S. Berkley Endowment to honor the IRC's founder and his decades of service, and to provide a platform for engaging community members in understanding critical global issues.

The topic for the 2016 Berkley Lecture is the Role of the Military in a 21st Century World. Conversations about what should be considered adequate military spending, the effectiveness of unilateral or coalition military action, concerns of national and international security, and the appropriateness of the U.S.'s role as "world policeman" have dominated political discourse in recent years. Indeed, the U.S. military has changed: technology has become increasingly sophisticated, women are now able to take on combat roles, and the United States has not drafted civilians since 1973. What role should the military have given global circumstances in 2016, and what does this look like from an international perspective? Please join us as we explore this timely topic.

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About the Speaker

Col. Nicolas Auboin is the French liaison officer for the Combined Arms Center at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

Born in Charleville-Mézières, Ardennes, France, he joined Saint-Cyr military academy as a cadet in 1984 and graduated in 1987. He joined the Artillery Branch after his basic training. After having commanded a platoon he was promoted as captain and commanded a battery from 1993 to 1995. He joined the Artillery school as an instructor in 1995, where he was platoon leader for young cadets from Saint-Cyr following their junior course of artillery school. During this period, he was selected to follow the Joint Staff College and sent to the French Geographic Institute where he graduated with a Master's degree in Geography as a Senior Engineer of the French Geographic Institute.

He was promoted as major in 1999 and was posted at the General Staff. In 2002, he was promoted as Lieutenant-Colonel and appointed as S3 at the 28th Artillery Regiment, providing geographic support to all French deployments abroad. In 2004 he joined the Joint Force Command Brunssum, his first NATO assignment, as targeteer. He was promoted as Colonel in 2007 and selected to be CO of the 28th Artillery Regiment. After his CO tour in 2009, he was selected as Chief of Staff of the Army Intelligence Brigade regrouping all French Army sensors. In 2011, he joined the Joint Force Command Naples as Branch Head Knowledge development. He has been deployed in Tchad, Kosovo, and was J2 OPS in the CJTF Operation Unified Protector (OUP) in Libya.

He and his wife Nelia-France have been married for 28 years and have 8 children, aged from 25 to 11. He was awarded the Legion d’Honneur in 2004; French CHOD award for his role in OUP in 2011; and SACEUR commendation award in 2014.

Event Schedule

5:30 p.m.     Cash Bar Reception
6:15 p.m.      Dinner & Program

About the Meal

Your ticket for the evening includes a salad, choice of one of three entrées, and dessert with coffee service. Other drinks may be purchased during the meal from a cash bar. Dietary restrictions may be shared with the restaurant the evening of the event.

Academy-level members will have prime seating available at the Berkley Lecture.