The Institute of Governmental Studies sponsors the Harold Smith Defense and National Security Series, which focuses on U.S. defense policies with emphasis on the control and management of nuclear weapons. This is the sixth year of the seminar series which brings to campus distinguished experts to speak and engage in conversation about these vital matters. 

Dr. Harold Smith holds the appointment of distinguished resident scholar with the Institute of Governmental Studies at the University of California at Berkeley, where he focuses on the impact of technology on foreign and defense policy. Read more about Dr. Smith.

Upcoming Events

Past Events

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
4:00pm to 5:30pm
The Harold Smith Defense & National Security Series focuses on U.S. defense policies with emphasis on the control and management of nuclear weapons. The series welcomes Pulitzer-Prize winning historian Professor David M. Kennedy on November 12. Reflecting his interdisciplinary training in American Studies, which...
Thursday, October 16, 2014
4:00pm to 5:30pm
The Harold Smith Defense & National Security Series focuses on U.S. defense policies with emphasis on the control and management of nuclear weapons. The series welcomes General Kevin Chilton on October 16. General Chilton completed a thirty-four-and-a-half-year Air Force career as Commander of U.S. Strategic Command...
Thursday, March 6, 2014
4:00pm to 5:30pm
Philip E. Coyle is a recognized expert on U.S. and worldwide military research, development and testing, on operational military matters, and on national security policy and defense spending. Read Coyle's "Back to the Drawing Board: The Need for Sound Science in U.S. Missile Defense" article here . The Harold Smith Defense...
Thursday, December 5, 2013
4:00pm to 6:00pm
Admiral Richard W. Mies completed a distinguished 35-year career in the US Navy. He commanded US Strategic Command for four years prior to retirement. As Commander in Chief, he was directly responsible for the command and control of the Nation’s strategic nuclear forces supporting the national security objective of...
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Thursday, October 10, 2013
4:00pm to 6:00pm
Edward N. Luttwak is Senior Associate, Center for Strategic and International Studies of Washington DC, Chairman of AP Fleet, (aircraft leasing), Dublin, Ireland, and is active as a consultant to governments and international enterprises. He founded and heads a conservation ranch in the Amazon. Read more about Edward...
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
4:00pm to 6:00pm
Unique among Marines, General Cartwright served as Commander of U.S. Strategic Command, before being nominated and appointed as the 8th Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the nation's second highest military officer. During his four year tenure as Vice Chairman across two Presidential administrations and constant...
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Wednesday, October 17, 2012
4:00pm to 6:00pm
Dr. Matthew Kroenig received his doctorate in political science at the University of California, Berkeley. From 2010-11, Kroenig was a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow in the Department of Defense, where he worked on the development and implementation of U.S. defense policy and strategy in the...
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
4:00pm to 6:00pm
The Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) gives all member countries the "inalienable right" to nuclear power for peaceful purposes. With the spread of nuclear power, however, comes the spread of sensitive nuclear technology and material that can be applied to the development of nuclear weapons or be exploited for nuclear...
Thursday, October 14, 2010
4:00pm to 6:00pm
Former Secretary of Defense William Perry will be present to talk about and screen the film "Nuclear Tipping Point." He will also be taking questions from the audience. The film features a conversation with four men intimately involved in American diplomacy and national security over the last four decades: former Secretary...