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The Enduring Legacy

Leadership and National Security Affairs During the Ronald Reagan Era

November 3 & 4, 2014   

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Keynote Speaker: Admiral James G. Stavridis, USN (ret.)

StavridisAdmiral James Stavridis is the Dean of The Fletcher Schoolof Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He served for four years as theSupreme Allied Commander, NATO, and Commander, U.S. European Command, 2009 to2013. In that position, he was responsible for 120,000 coalition troops onthree continents. Stavridis is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy (BS,Literature) and Tufts University (Ph.D., International Relations). He is theauthor of five books and over 100 articles.








Dinner Speaker: Ambassador Jack F. Matlock, Jr.

MatlockA career Foreign Service Officer, Ambassador Jack Matlock isthe former U.S. Ambassador to the Soviet Union (1987-1991), Special Assistantto the President for National Security Affairs (1983-1986), and U.S. Ambassadorto Czechoslovakia (1981-1981). He graduated from Duke University (A.B., 1950) andColumbia University (M.A., Ph.D., 1952, 2013). Ambassador Matlock’s booksinclude “Reagan and Gorbachev: How the Cold War Ended” (Random House, 2004).








Panel Speakers

Brown, Archie
BrownArchie Brown is Emeritus Professor of Politics at the University of Oxford and an Emeritus Fellow of St Antony’s College, Oxford. His latest book is "The Myth of the Strong Leader: Political Leadership in the Modern Age," and his other publications include "The Gorbachev Factor," which was awarded the W.J.M. Mackenzie Prize of the Political Studies Association of the UK for best politics book of the year and the Alec Nove Prize from the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies) for best book on Russia, Communism or post-Communism; "Seven Years that Changed the World: Perestroika in Perspective;" and "The Rise and Fall of Communism," for which he received for a second time both the Mackenzie and the Nove prizes.

Archie Brown has been a Visiting Professor of Political Science at Yale, the University of Connecticut, Columbia University, and the University of Texas at Austin, and was Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, University of Notre Dame. He was elected to a Fellowship of the British Academy in 1991 and to Foreign Honorary Membership of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2003. He was appointed CMG in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List of 2005 ‘for services to UK-Russian relations and the study of political science and international affairs.’
Cannon, Lou
CannonMr. Lou Cannon, known for his political reporting on California and the nation, is the foremost biographer of Ronald Reagan. He worked for 26 years on the national staff of The Washington Post, during which time he was named “best newspaper White House correspondent” by a Washington Journalism Review survey (1985). He is now editorial advisor to State Net Capitol Journal in Sacramento, for which he writes a monthly “Cannon Perspective” column. He also writes for the acclaimed website, RealClearPolitics.

Mr. Cannon has written five books about Reagan, including “Reagan’s Disciple: George W. Bush’s Troubled Quest for a Presidential Legacy” (2008), “Governor Reagan: His Rise to Power” (2003), “President Reagan: The Role of a Lifetime“ (1991), “Reagan” (1982) and “Ronnie & Jesse: A Political Odyssey” (1969) a dual biography of Reagan and the flamboyant legislative leader Jesse Unruh. He also wrote the chapter on Reagan’s legacy in a book published in June 2014 by Time, “Reagan His Political Life and Lasting Legacy,” to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Reagan’s passing.

Mr. Cannon was honored by the American Political Science Association in 1969 for “distinguished reporting of public affairs” and in 1984 he received the White House Correspondents Association’s coveted Aldo Beckman award for overall excellence in presidential coverage. In 1986, Cannon won the Merriman Smith award for excellence in presidential news coverage—a single story written under deadline pressure. He won the first Gerald R. Ford Prize (1988) for distinguished reporting on the Nixon, Ford, and Reagan presidencies.

Cannon lectures on the presidency, the media, California politics, and police issues and has written for Smithsonian magazine, National Review, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and other publications.

Fischer, Beth
Beth A. Fischer, Ph.D., is the Program Coordinator of the Woodsworth ONE program at the University of Toronto. A specialist in US foreign policy and international relations, she was previously on the faculty of the Munk School of Global Affairs (Toronto), as well as the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (Ottawa).

Fischer is the author of The Reagan Reversal: US Foreign Policy and the End of the Cold War (University of Missouri Press, 1997) and Triumph: Ronald Reagan’s Legacy and American Politics Today (forthcoming). In 2002 she was awarded a Nobel Fellowship for her work on conflict management and the end of the Cold War. From 2000-2003 she was co-editor, with Margaret MacMillan, of International Journal, Canada’s leading journal on international affairs. Fischer has published articles on the Reagan administration, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, intelligence analysis, decision making, and more.
Locher, James. R. III
LocherMr. James R. Locher III has more than twenty-five years of experience in both the executive and legislative branches of the federal government. He graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1968, received an MBA from the Harvard Business School in 1974, and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Hampden-Sydney College in 1992.

Mr. Locher began his career in Washington as an executive trainee in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Subsequently, he served in the Executive Office of the President as executive secretary of the White House Working Group on Maritime Policy. Returning to the Pentagon, Mr. Locher worked as an operations research analyst in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Program Analysis and Evaluation.

In 1978, Mr. Locher joined the Senate Committee on Armed Services as a professional staff member, initially, serving as senior adviser on international security affairs and force projection programs. In 1985, the committee assigned Mr. Locher responsibility for strategy and organization. He directed the bipartisan staff effort that resulted in the Goldwater-Nichols Defense Reorganization Act of 1986 and served as the senior staffer for the special operations and low-intensity conflict reform legislation, known as the Cohen-Nunn Amendment.

President George H. W. Bush appointed Mr. Locher to the post of assistant secretary of defense for special operations and low-intensity conflict in October 1989. He supervi¬sed the special opera¬tions and low-intensity conflict activities of the Department of Defense, performed as the principal civilian adviser to the secretary of defense on these matters, and represented the secretary in senior subordinate groups of the National Security Council. He served as assistant secretary throughout the Bush administration and first five months of the Clinton administration. During the latter period, Mr. Locher also served as acting under secretary of defense for policy. Upon leaving government service in June 1993, he was awarded the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service, the department’s highest civilian award.

For the next ten years, Mr. Locher consulted, lectured, and wrote. He served as a senior consultant to the Commission on Roles and Missions of the Armed Forces and as a member of the secretary of defense’s Task Force on Defense Reform and the National Security Study Group of the U.S. Commission on National Security/21st Century. In 1999, Mr. Locher joined the board of directors of Power Medical Interventions, a medical device company. Subsequently, he was elected company secretary and later board vice chairman. In 2002, Texas A&M University Press published his book, “Victory on the Potomac: The Goldwater-Nichols Act Unifies the Pentagon.”

In 2003-04, Mr. Locher chaired the Defense Reform Commission of Bosnia and Herzegovina. In 2005, the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution awarded Mr. Locher its Medal of Honor for “outstanding service to the United States.” From 2006-12, he served as president and CEO of the Project on National Security Reform, a nonprofit organization that worked to modernize and improve the U.S. national security system to better protect the American people against 21st century dangers.

Currently, Mr. Locher holds appointments as a Visiting Professor of Interagency National Security Studies at the U.S. Army War College, Visiting Distinguished Research Fellow at the National Defense University, and Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Joint Special Operations University.
Rothkopf, David J.

RothkopfDavid J. Rothkopf is CEO and Editor of the FP Group, publishers of Foreign Policy Magazine, where he oversees all editorial, publishing, event and other operations of the company. He is also the President and CEO of Garten Rothkopf, an international advisory company specializing in global political risk, energy, resource, technology and emerging markets issues based in Washington, DC.

Mr. Rothkopf is a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, chairman of the National Strategic Investment Dialogue and serves or has recently served as a member of the advisory boards of the Center for Global Development, the Center for the Study of the Presidency, the U.S. Institute of Peace and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He is the author of numerous books including most recently "Power, Inc.", "Superclass" and "Running the World." His next book, “National Insecurity” will be published in the fall of 2014. He writes a weekly column for Foreign Policy, a regular column for CNN and is a frequent contributor to leading newspapers, magazines including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Financial Times, CNN, Newsweek, Time, and many others.

Mr. Rothkopf previously served as CEO of Intellibridge Corporation, Managing Director of Kissinger Associates and as both U.S. Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade and as Acting Under Secretary in which capacity he directed the activities of the 2400 person International Trade Administration during the Clinton Administration.


Savranskaya, Svetlana
Dr. Svetlana Savranskaya serves as the National Security Archive's director for its cooperative projects with Russian archives and institutes and editor of the Russian and East Bloc Archival Documents Database. She earned her Ph.D. in political science and international affairs in 1998 from Emory University, where she studied under Professor Robert Pastor and worked as a Hewlett Fellow at the Carter Presidential Center in Atlanta. While completing her Ph.D., she served as a research associate and interpreter for several Archive-Cold War International History Project efforts, including most prominently the Carter-Brezhnev Project of Brown University's Watson Institute, as well as the End of the Cold War Project.

A Russian citizen, she has won several fellowships and awards during her graduate studies, including a prestigious dissertation fellowship from the Institute for the Study of World Politics. She did her undergraduate work in history at Moscow State University.