News Release — Norwich University
March 2, 2018
Northfield – Norwich University’s Peace and War Center presents “Allies and Adversaries: NATO’s Evolving Role,” a talk by International Relations Professor and former NATO Advisor Alexis Vahlas, Ph.D. on Monday, March 19 at 1 p.m. in the Kreitzberg Library Todd Multipurpose Room.
This event is free and open to the public.
Vahlas has a Master of Law from the University of Montreal and a Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of Paris II. He is currently a professor at the University of Strasbourg and has expertise in legal and political matters of international affairs, specifically multilateralism, dismemberment of states, crisis management, and terrorism. Vahlas is widely published on these issues and the way international organizations like NATO, the European Union, and United Nations address them. He teaches courses at the graduate level to prepare students to serve as diplomatic advisors. To best prepare students for this role he draws on his extensive practical experience. Vahlas has held several roles with NATO including Political Advisor for the NATO Stabilisation Force in Bosnia-and-Herzegovina; NATO observer to the Western European Union Parliamentary Assembly; Chief Political Advisor to the Commander of NATO Headquarters (JFC) in Naples; and Chief Political Advisor for the NATO certification process of the Rapid Reaction Corps-Lille.
Established in 2015, Norwich University’s Peace and War Center advances scholarship and deliberation on warfare and its mitigation, processes, and conditions of peace. The Center’s work emphasizes research and discussion on the precipitating factors and preconditions of war and peace. In order to understand the cycles of war and peace, it is critical to examine the role of culture and language, analyze the ideological roots of turmoil, and stability, and the evolving role of technology. The Center is designed to be a multi and interdisciplinary mix of international scholars and practitioners.