Julianne Smith, former deputy national security advisor to Vice President Joe Biden, will speak on “National Security Challenges Facing the Next President” for the seventh annual Harold Hotelling Memorial Lecture on Thursday, Oct. 20 at 6:30 p.m. at Lawrence Technological University, 21000 West 10 Mile Road, Southfield.
The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by LTU’s College of Arts and Sciences and will be held in the Mary E. Marburger Science and Engineering Auditorium in LTU’s Science Building. For directions and location, visit www.ltu.edu/map.
Julianne Smith is senior fellow and director of the Strategy and Statecraft Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) in Washington, D.C. She served as the deputy national security advisor to Vice President Joe Biden at the White House, 2012-13, where she represented him at Cabinet and deputies-level meetings. She also briefly served as the vice president’s acting national security advisor. Earlier, Smith served as the principal director for European and NATO policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense in the Pentagon, receiving the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service. She is the author of several publications on U.S.-European political, security, and economic relations. Now based in Washington, she grew up in Farmington.
The next president will inherit a daunting set of national security challenges. Active conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and the Eastern Ukraine will demand the next president’s early attention, as well as ongoing counterterrorism efforts around the world. Moreover, regional tensions – in the South China Sea, on the Korean Peninsula, and across the broader Middle East – all have the potential to generate significant strategic shocks.
Smith said that as our adversaries develop new tactics to counter U.S. interests, the next president will be under enormous pressure to develop new capabilities and policy tools.
CNAS is an independent, bipartisan, nonprofit organization that develops strong, pragmatic, and principled national security and defense policies. CNAS engages policymakers, experts, and the public with innovative, fact-based research, ideas, and analysis to shape and elevate the national security debate.
LTU’s lecture series, established in 2010, is presented in memory of Harold Hotelling (1945-2009), who joined Lawrence Tech as an associate professor of economics in 1989, and who taught courses in business law, business ethics, constitutional law, urban social issues, and law and economics. His life was marked by an unwavering dedication to his family, his church, his students, and his profession. Everyone who knew him benefited from his keen intellect, tireless devotion, quick wit, and wonderful sense of humor.