Published April 08, 2015

Colloquium on security

MC alumnus French, former faculty member Gibson to lead discussions
Monmouth College will host a research colloquium on national security April 13-14 in the Center for Science and Business (CSB).
 
Titled “The NSA: National Security Challenges for the Next Decade,” the event is sponsored by the college’s political science department and the Public Affairs Committee. Sessions are free and open to the public.
 
“After the terrorist attack on Sept. 11, 2001, the U.S. Congress passed an Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) that was unmoored from American traditions,” said MC political science professor Farhat Haq. “The AUMF is unique among others because it includes no limitations on time, geography, operations or a named enemy.”
 
The sudden and dramatic rise of ISIL has led to another round of debate on granting the president an unlimited authorization for the use of military force against ISIL, she added.
 
“The CIA torture report, the startling revelation of the extent of surveillance of American citizens by their government, the use of drones, and now the possibility of yet another military engagement in Syria highlight the national security challenges faced by the United States.
 
Former Monmouth faculty member Tobias Gibson, now associate professor of political science and security studies at Westminster College, and William French, a 2008 Monmouth graduate, who is a policy analyst at the National Security Network, will help Monmouth faculty and students explore these national security challenges over the course of the two-day seminar.
  
Gibson has authored several peer reviewed articles, book chapters, encyclopedia entries and other professional works on security issues. French’s work focuses on U.S. national security strategy, defense policy and Asia-Pacific security affairs. His writings have been published in Defense News, Huffington Post, the National Interest and CNN, among others. He recently testified for a Congressional hearing on fighting against ISIL.
  
French and Gibson will lead a discussion about AUMF against ISIL in professor Ira Smolensky’s class on April 13 at 11 a.m. in Room 380. At 7 p.m. that day in Room 276, the men will be joined by senior political science major Adam Johnson of Chicago for a panel discussion titled “The National Security Challenges Facing the United States in the Next Decade.”
 
On April 14, French and Gibson will speak to two of Haq’s classes. At 11 a.m. in in Room 273, they will lead a discussion about governments spying on citizens. At 2 p.m. in Room 270, they will discuss Congressional oversight in the war against terror.
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