National Security and Just War

April 04, 2020
2:00 p.m. ET

Conference Details

What makes a war just

It’s a complicated question. And few can answer it well. 

At this conference, you’ll explore war from the “hawk” and “dove” perspectives, and you’ll learn the basics of just war theory. 

You’ll also get the unique opportunity to hear from Ambassador Thomas Pickering, a man who has lived and experienced the nuances of diplomacy and war. This unique conference blends theory and insider perspective into a unique synthesis you won’t hear anywhere else. 

You’ll come away from this conference with a better understanding of not only national security but also the theoretical framework of just war.

This conference will take place online. Reserve your spot below!

What students are saying

“Every time I attend an ISI event or conference I am amazed by the quantity and caliber of the intellectual conversations. These discussions are invaluable to me.”
- Margaret Schuhriemen, University of Dallas
"I learned more about America and the issues that concern its traditions and existence during an ISI conference than from an entire semester at college."
- Sam F., University of Rhode Island


Thomas Pickering
Thomas Pickering (Vice Chairman, Hills & Company)

Ambassador Thomas Pickering is vice chairman of Hills & Company, an international consulting firm providing advice to U.S. businesses on investment, trade, and risk assessment issues abroad, particularly in emerging market economies. He retired in 2006 as senior vice president international relations for Boeing. He has had a career spanning five decades as a U.S. diplomat, serving as under secretary of state for political affairs, ambassador to the United Nations, ambassador to Russia, India, Israel, Nigeria, Jordan and El Salvador. He also served on assignments in Zanzibar and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. He holds the personal rank of Career Ambassador, the highest in the U.S. Foreign Service. He has held numerous other positions at the State Department, including executive secretary and special assistant to Secretaries Rogers and Kissinger and assistant secretary for the bureau of oceans, environmental and scientific affairs. He is based in Washington, DC.

David Corey
Dr. David Corey (Professor, Baylor University)

Dr. David Corey teaches political philosophy in the Honors College and Department of Political Science at Baylor University. He is one of few conservatives to have survived an undergraduate education at Oberlin College & Conservatory of Music, where he rather eccentrically studied ancient Greek and the tuba. After Oberlin, he studied Law for a soul-searching year at Old College in Edinburgh, worked unhappily as a stockbroker in Detroit, Baltimore, and New Orleans, and then finally settled into a PhD in Political Science at Louisiana State University, where he also benefited from a Weaver Fellowship through ISI. Corey is the author of The Sophists in Plato’s Dialogues (SUNY, 2015) and The Just War Tradition (ISI, 2012). He’s written more than a dozen articles in scholarly journals on major figures in the history of political philosophy. And he is currently working on a book about the way Americans understand the meaning of politics.

Doug Bandow
Doug Bandow (Senior Fellow, Cato Institute)

Doug Bandow is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, specializing in foreign policy and civil liberties. He worked as special assistant to President Ronald Reagan and editor of the political magazine Inquiry. He writes regularly for leading publications such as Fortune magazine, National Interest, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Times. Bandow speaks frequently at academic conferences, on college campuses, and to business groups. Bandow has been a regular commentator on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Fox News Channel, and MSNBC. He holds a JD from Stanford University.

Dr. Jonathan Schanzer
Dr. Jonathan Schanzer (Senior Vice President, FDD)

Dr. Jonathan Schanzer is senior vice president for research at FDD, where he oversees the work of the organization’s experts and scholars. He is also on the leadership team of FDD’s Center on Economic and Financial Power, a project on the use of financial and economic power as a tool of statecraft.

Jonathan previously worked as a terrorism finance analyst at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, where he played an integral role in the designation of numerous terrorist financiers. He has held previous think tank research positions at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and the Middle East Forum.

Jonathan has written hundreds of articles on the Middle East, along with more than a dozen monographs and chapters for edited volumes. His three books have made unique contributions to the field. State of Failure: Yasser Arafat, Mahmoud Abbas, and the Unmaking of the Palestinian State (Palgrave Macmillan 2013) argues the main roadblock to Palestinian statehood is the Palestinian Authority’s political dysfunction and mismanagement. Hamas vs. Fatah: The Struggle for Palestine (Palgrave Macmillan 2008) is still the only book on the market that analyzes the ongoing Palestinian civil war. Al-Qaeda’s Armies: Middle East Affiliate Groups and the Next Generation of Terror (Washington Institute for Near East Policy 2004) was the first to explore the al-Qaeda franchises of the Middle East. 

Jonathan testifies often before Congress and publishes widely in the American and international media. He has appeared on American television channels such as Fox News and CNN, and Arabic language television channels such as Al-Arabiya and Al-Jazeera.