Date(s) - 04/15/2019
8:00 am - 10:00 am

Sands Regency Hotel


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Sand’s Regency Hotel Casino

345 N. Arlington

“Allies and Alliances in U.S. Security Strategy”

U.S. leadership in a changing world

A Presentation and Discussion With

Brad Roberts, PhD

Director, Center for Global Security Research
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

April 15th 9 am at The Sands Hotel & Casino

“Europe has a set of primary interests, which to us have none, or a very remote relation. Hence, she must be engaged in frequent controversies, the causes of which are essentially foreign to our concerns. Hence therefore, it must be unwise in us to implicate ourselves, by artificial ties, in the ordinary vicissitudes of her politics, or the ordinary combinations & collisions of her friendships, or enmities. Our detached & distant situation invites and enables us to pursue a different course.” (President George Washington, “Farewell Message”, 1796)

Allies and our alliances with them have formed, broken, reformed, morphed, and evolved since the founding our country. Who we chose to build strategic bonds or tactical partnerships with evolves over time as the United States and our closest allies and fiercest adversaries fight wars, build peace, change tactics, elect or gain new leaders, and revamp foreign policies. Especially important to today’s global security are the alliances developed by the United States in the lead up to and the decades following WWII.

In recent presentations, several NSF speakers have stressed the importance of U.S. allies and alliances in supporting military and diplomatic operations in regional conflicts including Syria, Afghanistan, and Yemen. Strong alliances are also credited with countering the advances of geopolitical rivals Russia and China and protecting U.S. interests, globally. This NSF program will take a deep-dive into the nature of U.S. alliances over the last century and probe how these partnerships shaped, supported or stymied U.S. foreign policy.

In the wake of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, foreign policy experts have debated the relative importance and effectiveness of global engagement vs. isolationism for advancing U.S. interests at home and abroad. These debates, often overshadowed by passionate beliefs on both sides, share a common goal – to strengthen U.S. national security – through very different approaches. Dr. Brad Roberts, Director of the Center for Global Security Research at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and well-known national security policy expert, will guide us through these on-going debates and help us to understand the major questions facing the nation about the role of allies and alliance in U.S. foreign and defense policy. He will review the cases for and against alliances as they have been made over the last two to three decades and the associated U.S. policy debate about what leadership is required by the United States. Brad will then turn to current challenges facing U.S. allies and alliances, including the hostility shown them by Russia and China, and the need to adapt allied defense and deterrence postures for new purposes. He will also discuss issues of U.S. credibility at the core of U.S. extended deterrence. If you want to engage in a spirited discussion on this topic, please join us for our upcoming and very timely NSF program.

For a preview of Brad’s thinking and other work on global security being conducted at the center at Livermore that he directs, visit

Dr. Brad Roberts is director of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s Center for Global Security Research. Previously he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear and Missile Defense Policy (2009-2013). In this role, he served as Policy Director of the Obama administration’s Nuclear Posture Review and Ballistic Missile Defense Review and had lead responsibility for their implementation. From 1995 to 2009, Dr. Roberts was a member of the research staff at the Institute for Defense Analyses in Alexandria, Virginia and an Adjunct Professor at George Washington University. His book, The Case for U.S. Nuclear Weapons in the 21st Century (Stanford University Press), was recognized by the American Library Association as one of the outstanding academic titles of 2016. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Roberts has a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Stanford University, an MA. from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a PhD in international relations from Erasmus University.

A full breakfast will be served ($20 Members, $30 Non-Members, and $10 for students with ID and military personnel in uniform; free for WWII Veterans). We recommend that you arrive by 8:30 to enjoy some breakfast, coffee, and conversation. Breakfast service and registration open at 7:45 a.m.

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