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Monday, November 12, 2018

Monday, November 12, 2018 - Lunch Program
The Integration of Women in Military Special Ops: A Case Study in Complexity and Courage
CPT Danielle Alex Horton

In 2010, a pilot program called the Cultural Support Team was established within the United States Army’s Special Operations community. The purpose of the program was to integrate high performing women soldiers into Special Operations units in Afghanistan. CPT Danielle Alex Horton, one of the first to become involved in the program, went on to head the program within the Joint Special Operations community. CPT Horton will discuss both the uphill battles of that engagement and the future of women’s involvement in the military and special operations.

CPT Danielle Alex Horton is an army military intelligence captain with eight years of active duty service within the Joint Special Operations Command. She has led the unit's Cultural Support Team program and deployed on seven combat cycles with the 75th Ranger Regiment in Afghanistan. Horton played an integral role in the integration of women within the Special Operations community and assisted in the training development of female soldiers into the male-centric Special Operations teams, for which she is featured in the book Ashley’s War: The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield.

CPT Horton, an assistant professor of military science in the department military science and leadership at CMC, attended Airborne School, SERE C (Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape training which Green Beret Special Forces attend), and HALO School (Military Freefall). She has been awarded the Bronze Star Medal and Combat Action Badge for her ground combat time in Afghanistan. She graduated with a BA in Criminal Justice from Western Michigan University in 2010.

CPT Horton is the featured speaker for the 2018 Veterans' Day commemoration at CMC.


Monday, November 12, 2018 - Evening Program
Oslo: 25 Years Later
David Makovsky

In 1993 Israeli and Palestinian leaders signed a Declaration of Principles, referred as the Oslo Accords, that were intended to provide the framework for further negotiations and actions that would produce a final resolution to conflict between the two parties. David Makovsky, the Ziegler distinguished fellow at The Washington Institute and director of the Project on the Middle East Peace Process, will review what the Accords attempted to accomplish, offer observations why most of the provisions were never implemented, and reflect on whether this agreement provides a viable forward in resolving the conflict. 

David Makovsky, the Ziegler distinguished fellow at The Washington Institute and director of the Project on the Middle East Peace Process, is also lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations and adjunct professor in Middle East studies at Johns Hopkins University's Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies. Makovsky has not only been a close observer of the conflict as former executive editor of the Jerusalem Post, and diplomatic correspondent for Israel's leading daily, Haaretz, he also has participated in negotiations themselves as senior advisor to the State Department’s Special Envoy for Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations in 2013-2014.  He is author of numerous monographs and essays on issues related to the Middle East Peace Process and the Arab-Israeli conflict and is also coauthor, with Dennis Ross, of the 2009 Washington Post bestseller Myths, Illusions, and Peace: Finding a New Direction for America in the Middle East

Mr. Makovsky's Athenaeum talk is co-sponsored by the department of Religious Studies and the Jewish Studies Sequence at CMC, and Hillel of the Claremont Colleges.

(Parents Dining Room)

Monday, November 12, 2018 - Evening Program
Transatlantic Ties in the Age of Trump
Karen Erika Donfried

Europe has long been home to the most important allies of the United States. Yet President Trump has said NATO is “obsolete” and the European Union was “set up to take advantage of the United States.” Karen Erika Donfried, president of the German Marshall Fund of the U.S., will discuss whether transatlantic cooperation can survive Donald Trump.

Karen Donfried is president of the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF), a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening transatlantic cooperation through policy analysis, fellowships for next generation leaders, and support for civil society. Headquartered in Washington, DC, GMF has seven offices in Europe.

Before assuming her current role in April 2014, Donfried was the special assistant to the president and senior director for European affairs on the National Security Council at the White House. In that capacity, she was the president’s principal advisor on Europe and led the interagency process on the development and implementation of the president’s European policies. Prior to the White House, Donfried served as the national intelligence officer (NIO) for Europe on the National Intelligence Council, the intelligence community’s center for strategic thinking. As NIO, she directed and drafted strategic analysis to advance senior policymakers’ understanding of Europe.

Donfried first joined GMF in 2001 after having served for ten years as a European specialist at the Congressional Research Service. From 2003 to 2005, she was responsible for the Europe portfolio on the U.S. Department of State’s Policy Planning Staff. She returned to GMF from 2005 to 2010, first as senior director of policy programs and then as executive vice president.

Donfried is a member of the board of trustees of Wesleyan University, her undergraduate alma mater. She serves as a senior fellow at the Center for European Studies at Harvard University, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Council on Germany.  From 2014 to 2016, Donfried served as vice chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the United States; in 2017, she became a member of WEF’s Europe Policy Group. Donfried is a member of the team of external advisors to the president of the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly. She was a member of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s Foreign Affairs Policy Board from 2015 to 2017.

Donfried has a Ph.D. and MALD from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a Magister from the University of Munich, Germany. She holds a bachelor’s in government and German from Wesleyan University. She received the Cross of the Order of Merit from the German Government in 2011, became an officer of the Order of the Crown of Belgium in 2010, and received a Superior Honor Award from the U.S. Department of State in 2005 for her contribution to revitalizing the transatlantic partnership.

President Donfried's Athenaeum talk is co-sponsored by the Keck Institute for International and Strategic Studies at CMC.

Food for Thought: Podcast with Karen Donfried