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Citadel News Service
16 Oct 2012

Political Science hosting war, international humanitarian law seminar

Starting Oct. 23, The Citadel Political Science Department will host a seminar series called "War and International Humanitarian Law." The seminar series, which is free and open to the public, will occur in four parts with each lasting approximately 60-90 minutes.

"Given recent events, this topic is of particular interest not only to Citadel cadets, but also many members of the Charleston community," said Sarah Tenney, assistant professor of political science.

Tuesday, Oct. 23
6:30 p.m., Byrd Hall Auditorium (Room 107)
Film screening: "War is Not a Game"

"War Is Not a Game" is a documentary based on the experiences of eight soldiers at war on several continents. Through personal interviews, the documentary reveals how individual soldiers grapple with the implementation of many international agreements aimed at regulating armed conflict. Some of them feel like scapegoats, while others feel no qualms about war and simply follow orders. Juxtaposing testimony with war archives, film clips, and video games, this film challenges our attitudes about war and its consequences for all the world' citizens, but most important for the combatants who have to wage it.

Tuesday, Oct. 30
6:30 p.m., Bond Hall Auditorium (Room 165)
Jack Porter, The Citadel: The Legality of Force in International Politics

Porter is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science where he teaches courses on international relations, comparative politics, and U.S. national security policy, theories of peace and war, and international law. Currently he is working on several projects that include civil-military relations in transition to democracy, with current research focusing on Afghanistan; counterinsurgency strategies and power, and religion in democratic militaries. Over the past few years, Porter has spent time in South Africa, Switzerland, Germany, France and Belgium conducting research related to the above projects.

Wednesday, Nov. 7
6:30 p.m., Bond Hall Auditorium (Room 165)
Eileen Hadbavny, Humanity in the Midst of War: Human Dignity

A retired Air Force Reserve flight nurse, Hadbavny has served as a volunteer for the American Red Cross for more than 20 years. She is a registered nurse with the Carolina Lowcountry Chapter of the Red Cross in international services chair. She is also an international services instructor, teaching courses in international humanitarian law, the Geneva Conventions, and the protections provided by the conventions. Hadbavny was awarded the President's Call to Service Award in October 2008.

Tuesday, Nov. 13
6:30 p.m., Bond Hall Auditorium (Room 165)
Joshua Muravchik, Institute for World Politics: Humanitarian Intervention

Muravchik is an adjunct professor at the Institute of World Politics in Washington, D.C., and a fellow at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. He will present his research on the "Protection Racket: Responsibility to Protect Becomes a Racket." Muravchik was formerly a Resident Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, a Fellow-in-Residence at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and executive director of the Coalition for a Democratic Majority. He served on the Maryland State Advisory Committee of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights from 1985 to 1997 and was a member of the Commission on Broadcasting to the People's Republic of China in 1992. He is also an editorial board member of the publications "World Affairs" and the "Journal of Democracy."