Air War College instructors to address Alabama World Affairs Council on May 9

Posted: Tuesday, 02 May 2017

MONTGOMERY - A panel of instructors from the Air War College at Air University will discuss regions of the world they recently visited as a part of a two-week regional and cultural study on May 9 during a presentation of the Alabama World Affairs Council.

The event will take place in the Gold Room in Whitley Hall at Troy University Montgomery, beginning with a 5:30 p.m. reception and the presentation to follow. Admission is free for World Affairs Council members and $20 for non-members.

The panel will include Dr. Christopher Hemmer, a professor of international security studies and dean of the Air War College; Dr. Mark J. Conversino, professor of strategy and security studies at the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies at Air University; and, Dr. Dawn Murphy, an assistant professor of international security studies at the Air War College.

Before joining the War College, Dr. Hemmer taught at Cornell University and Colgate University. He received his doctorate in 1998 from the Department of Government at Cornell University with a specialty in international relations.

Dr. Hemmer, who will speak on his March 2017 visits to Egypt and Israel, is the author of "Which Lessons Matter? American Foreign Policy Decision-Making in the Middle East, 1979-1987" and his most recent book, "American Pendulum: Recurring Debates in U.S. Grand Strategy." His primary teaching and research interests are American foreign policy, political psychology and Middle East politics.

From 2008 to 2015, Dr. Conversino served as professor and dean of the Air War College at Maxwell Air Force Base, having joined the faculty in 2002 following his retirement from active duty service in the Air Force. Following his service as dean, Dr. Conversino was awarded the Air Force's Award for Meritorious Civilian Service.

Dr. Conversino, who will speak on his March 2017 visits to Finland, Estonia and Latvia, is the author of "Fighting with the Soviets: The Failure of Operation FRANTIC, 1944-1945," and has written several chapters and articles in scholarly and defense-related journals. He is a member of the Board of Advisors for the Baltic Defense College in Tartu, Estonia and the Alabama World Affairs Council Board of Directors.

Dr. Murphy, who will speak about her March 2017 visit to China, specializes in Chinese foreign policy and domestic politics, international relations and comparative politics. Her current research analyzes China's interests, identity and behavior as a rising global power towards the existing international order.

Dr. Murphy holds a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, and Ph.D. in political science from George Washington University. Her previous academic appointments include Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Princeton-Harvard China and the World Program at Princeton University and Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science at George Washington University. She is currently writing the book "Rising Revisionist? China's Evolving Relations with the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa in the Post-Cold War Era."

The Alabama World Affairs Council sponsors lectures and programs on current and recent events of national and international interest throughout the year with the aim to increase individuals' knowledge of world affairs and how they impact the United States. The Council also serves as a platform to showcase some of the world-class faculty at Maxwell Air Force Base's Air University. The Council has partnered with Troy University, bringing all Council events to the University's Montgomery Campus.

To register for the event, visit or contact Dahdee Bullen at 334-567-0953.