Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) Conference Call - Thursday 12/4 at 9 am in Wyatt 326

On behalf of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), I invite you to participate in the final call of the Fall 2014 CFR Academic Conference Call series on Thursday, December 4, from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM in WY 326. Micah Zenko, CFR's Douglas Dillon fellow in the Center for Preventive Action, and Sarah E. Kreps, associate professor of government at Cornell University, will discuss the increased tactical use of unmanned aerial systems and the ramifications for U.S. foreign policy.

Prior to coming to CFR, Dr. Zenko worked for five years at the Harvard Kennedy School, and in Washington, DC, at the Brookings Institution, Congressional Research Service, and State Department's Office of Policy Planning. He has published on a range of national security issues, including articles in "Foreign Affairs," the "Journal of Strategic Studies," "Defense and Security Analysis," and "Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science," and op-eds in the "Washington Post," "Los Angeles Times," "Chicago Tribune," and "New York Times." Dr. Zenko writes the blog "Politics, Power, and Preventive Action," which covers U.S. national security policy, international security, and conflict prevention.

Dr. Kreps is codirector of the Cornell Law School International Law-International Relations Colloquium, and an affiliate of the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies' Foreign Policy initiative. Her research focuses on issues of international security, particularly questions of conflict and cooperation, alliance politics, political economy, and nuclear proliferation. Her work has been featured in a series of media outlets including the "Washington Post," "International Herald Tribune," "New York Times," "Christian Science Monitor," "USA Today," CNBC, and Reuters TV. Dr. Kreps teaches courses on international law, weapons proliferation, peace and conflict studies, and international relations theory.

As background for the discussion, you may wish to review the following materials:

1) Sarah E. Kreps and Micah Zenko, "Limiting Armed Drone Proliferation," Council Special Report No. 69, Council on Foreign Relations Press, June 2014.
2) Sarah E. Kreps, "Drone Proliferation: What We Have to Fear," The Hill, June 25, 2014.
3) Sarah E. Kreps and Micah Zenko, "The Next Drone Wars: Preparing for Proliferation," Foreign Affairs, March/April 2014.
4) Jonathan Masters, "Targeted Killings," Backgrounder,, May 23, 2013.
5) Micah Zenko, "Politics, Power, and Preventive Action," Blog, Council on Foreign Relations.

If you're interested in attending, please RSVP to Professor Seth Weinberger at

Hope to see you there!

Seth Weinberger