September 25, 2013 at 3:08 pm

Contemporary History: Whither American Seapower?, Oct. 3

The Contemporary History Institute speaker series presents Hudson Institute Senior Fellow Seth Cropsey on the current state of America’s maritime defense strategy, “Whither American Seapower?,” on  Thursday, Oct. 3, at 4:30 p.m. in Baker Center 242.

HistoryCropsey began his career in government at the Defense Department as Assistant to the Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger. He subsequently served as Deputy Undersecretary of the Navy in the Reagan and Bush administrations, where he was responsible for the Navy’s position on efforts to reorganize the Department of Defense, development of the maritime strategy, the Navy’s academic institutions, naval special operations, and burden-sharing with NATO allies. In the Bush administration, Cropsey moved to OSD to become acting assistant secretary and then principal deputy assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict.

During the period that preceded the collapse of the USSR—from 1982 to 1984—Cropsey directed the editorial policy of the Voice of America on the Solidarity movement in Poland, Soviet treatment of dissidents, and other issues. Returning to public diplomacy in 2002 as director of the U.S. government’s International Broadcasting Bureau, Cropsey supervised the agency as successful efforts to increase radio and television broadcasting to the Muslim world.

Cropsey’s work in the private sector includes reporting for Fortune magazine and as a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and serving as director of the Heritage Foundation’s Asia Studies Center from 1991 to 1994. His articles on national security and foreign policy have been published in Commentary, Foreign Affairs, The Public Interest, The National Interest, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Washington Times, and other national journals.

Fall 2013 Speaker Series

Thursday, October 3, 2013
Mr. Seth Cropsey

“Whither American Seapower?”
4:30 p.m., Baker Center 242

Thursday, October 17, 2013
Mr. Ethan Bensinger

“Refuge: Stories of the Selfhelp Home” Airing of the film with commentary by the director.
4:30 p.m., Baker Center Theatre


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