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Explaining U.S. Foreign Policy Decision Making and Framing

This discussion will touch on a variety of issues in U.S. foreign policy. We’ll start at the top, looking at how decisions are made, and how the structure of the government at the highest levels facilitates that decision making. We’ll also look at the ways in which decisions are explained to key stakeholders such as the media and the public. Finally, we’ll look at the current personalities in U.S. Foreign Policy and how they view the current critical issues of the day.
After the talk the floor will be open to questions and comments.

🎤Speaker’s bio:
John Callahan is Director for Combined Online Military Programs in International Relations and Homeland Security for New England College, and has taught there since 2010.
He received a Ph.D. in International Studies from Old Dominion University in 2015. His dissertation examined U.S. Foreign Policy and Strategic Communication in Humanitarian Interventions. His chapter on the information environment was published in April 2017’s “Future of U.S. Warfare,” by Palgrave, and his first book, “Explaining Wars of Choice,” was published by Academica Press in February 2018. His research focus is on foreign policy decision making, framing, and strategic communication. John is a frequent contributor to the UK Defense Forum’s Defense Viewpoints, most recently focusing on Political Islam as well as EU enlargement.
From 2007 to 2017, John served as a consultant to the Joint Public Affairs Support Element, U.S. Transportation Command, and the Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence. In this role, John has worked as a strategic communications planner as well as a Joint Public Affairs and Media Trainer for all of the U.S. Regional Combatant Commands. He continues to serve in an advisory capacity to U.S. Marine Forces in Europe.
Dr. Callahan served as Deputy Spokesman at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, helping the Director, Ambassador John Negroponte, to communicate key messages of intelligence reform to the American people. Prior to this, John was honored to be selected by the Department of Defense and the Department of State to serve as a Public Affairs Officer at the American Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq. His missions there included working as an information officer for the Iraq Commission on Public Integrity and working as a portfolio press officer at the embassy. He facilitated press events throughout Iraq under difficult conditions, and worked in coordination with the British and Australian Embassy’s on Rule of Law Projects.

Language of the event: English

This event is free.
Remember to bring your passport or driver’s license.