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Citadel News Service
5 Mar 2009

Senator to speak at military leadership symposium

The Citadel will host the Symposium on Military Legitimacy and Leadership from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Monday, March 16 in the Greater Issues Room in Mark Clark Hall on The Citadel campus.  

This year, Senator Lindsey Graham will deliver the keynote address. Graham was elected to serve as United States Senator in 2002 where he serves on five committees: Agriculture, Armed Services, Judiciary, Budget, and Veterans Affairs. He is a South Carolina native who earned both his undergraduate and law degree from the University of South Carolina.

Graham has served as an Air Force lawyer and is a member of the South Carolina Air National Guard. Graham also serves in the Air Force Reserves. He is a colonel and is a Senior Instructor at the Air Force JAG School. Graham was also the first Republican to represent South Carolina’s Third Congressional District in Washington since 1877.

The symposium will explore issues of legitimacy related to the rule of law and civil affairs in counterinsurgency and stability operations.   The moderator will be, Professor of political science and criminal justice, Donald Fowler. The panel will include the following authors who will present their papers for discussion: David Scott Gordon, “Promoting the Rule of Law in Stability Operations: Myths, Methods and the Military”; Daniel L. Rubini, “Justice in Waiting: Developing the Rule of Law in Iraq”; Kevin H. Govern, “AFRICOM as the ‘New Thing:’ Mixed Metaphor or New Paradigm for the Developing World”; Jack Porter, “The Two Faces of Military Legitimacy”; and Rudolph C. Barnes, Jr., “The Rule of Law and Civil Affairs in the Battle for Legitimacy.”  These papers together with brief biographical sketches of the authors are in the new journal on “Military Legitimacy and Leadership” which will be available soon online.

The annual symposium explores the legitimacy of military operations and how the leadership of those entrusted with our military power–from the commander-in-chief down to the individual soldier–determines the success or failure of our foreign policy. 

The symposium is open to the public.  For additional information, contact the political science department at 843.953.5072.

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