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Formerly, the Harold Smith Seminar Series, this cross-disciplinary lecture series in Global Security Policy was re-imagined and re-instituted at UC Berkeley in 2018 with the objectives of 1) ensuring that students, faculty and scholars keep abreast of leading developments in national and international security; 2) providing a forum for discussion and collaboration among relevant communities across Campus; and 3) offering a new level of communication between UC Berkeley and the National Laboratories.

Because of globalization in all its dimensions, international security and stability are core elements of defense and national security. Natural and social sciences as well as humanities are all essential to addressing challenges in nuclear, cyber, space, biological and other security domains, as the disruptive power and accelerating pace of modern technologies challenge society’s stability, security and even governance.1 Many faculty at UC Berkeley teach and perform key research in these domains that are crucial to society’s future wellbeing. Relevant entities include the Departments of Computer Science, Economics, History, Molecular and Cell Biology, Nuclear Engineering, Physics, and Political Science; Berkeley Law, the School of Information Studies, the Institutes of Governmental Studies (IGS) and International Studies (IIS), the Military Affairs Program (MAP); and departments or centers with regional expertise (e.g., Middle East, East Asia, and elsewhere).

Past Events

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Thursday, February 6, 2020
4:00pm to 5:30pm
Rose Gottemoeller, recent Deputy Secretary General of NATO (2016-2019), discusses New Tools for the Arms Control Future. She will speak about the fact that soon nowhere on Earth will be immune to observation by small commercial satellites with ever-improving image resolution, nighttime sensitivity and revisit times. These...
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
4:00pm to 5:30pm
Admiral Inman graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1950, and from the National War College in 1972. He became an adjunct professor at the University of Texas at Austin in 1987. He was appointed as a tenured professor holding the Lyndon B. Johnson Centennial Chair in National Policy in August 2001. He served...
Thursday, September 29, 2016
4:00pm to 5:30pm
"Punching and Punching Back in Cyberspace: The Contours of Offensive Operations in Cyberspace as Instruments of National Policy." IGS and the Harold Smith Defense and National Security Series cordially invite you to attend the next event in the series, featuring Dr. Herb Lin on Thursday, September 29, at 4:00 pm.
Thursday, October 29, 2015
4:00pm to 5:30pm
IGS welcomes Dr. Brad Roberts, Director, Center for Global Security Research at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Dr. Roberts will speak on "Extended Deterrence and Strategic Stability in Northeast Asia." The Harold Smith Defense and National Security Series focuses on U.S. defense policies with emphasis on the...
Thursday, April 9, 2015
4:00pm to 5:30pm
IGS welcomes John Abizaid, former Commander, U.S. Central Command . Gen. Abizaid will speak on "Strategic Situations in the Middle East and America's Role." 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...
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...
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...
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, February 1, 2012
4:00pm to 6:00pm
The administration of George W. Bush withdrew unilaterally from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty in the interest of national security, then deployed partially tested anti-ballistic missiles in Alaska in anticipation of a nuclear threat from North Korea, then proposed a "third site" for missile defense based in Europe in...
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...
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
4:00pm to 6:00pm
The security of the .mil, .gov and .com networks requires a variety of technological, economic, organizational, legal and diplomatic responses. Any solutions must deal with: The complexity of the challenge The infringement of civil liberties The perception that the threat is exaggerated for financial gain This presentation...
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...