Brookings Institution analyst to discuss war on terrorism

Michael O’Hanlon, a senior fellow in the foreign policy studies program at the Brookings Institution, offers a review of the year’s progress in the U.S. war against terrorism at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, in the Edmund S. Muskie Archives, 56 Campus Avenue. The public is welcome to attend the lecture free of charge.

O’Hanlon, who spoke at Bates in October 2002 about U.S. national security following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, is also an adjunct professor at the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs.

A senior fellow at Brookings since 1994, he is a specialist in defense strategy and budget, military technology, use of military force, humanitarian intervention and security issues in Northeast Asia. His Brookings publications include Defense Policy Choices for the Bush Administration (2002), Technological Change and the Future of Warfare (2000) and Winning Ugly: NATO’s War to Save Kosovo (with Ivo Daalder, 2000). He was a contributor to this year’s volume Protecting the American Homeland.

O’Hanlon has testified three times before Congress, appeared on the major U.S. television networks and written numerous opinion pieces for The New York Times and Washington Post.

He earned his bachelor’s and master’s of science degrees in engineering and a doctorate in public and international affairs at Princeton University. His thesis, supported by the National Science Foundation, examined U.S. defense planning. Prior to Brookings, O’Hanlon worked at the Institute for Defense Analyses and in the National Security Division of the Congressional Budget Office. He has taught at Columbia since 1996, with stints at Georgetown University in 1999 and 2000.

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