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Prof. Roberts Speaks on Today’s Competitive Geopolitical Landscape

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Hunter College's Professor Cynthia Roberts led the panel on nuclear strategy at the recent conference at Columbia University on today’s geopolitical competitive landscape honoring the late Robert Jervis.

The conference featured Avril Haines, Director of National Intelligence and included brief remarks by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, as well as comments by other current and former government officials--including a former US Secretary of the Treasury, the current Undersecretary of Defense, and a member of the National Security Council, as well as leading international relations scholars.

A recording of the entire conference can be seen at the following link:

Conference Program:

Opening Introduction, Peter ClementColumbia University

Morning Session: Nuclear War Theory: Continuity and Change
Moderator: Cynthia RobertsHunter College; Columbia University


  • Charles GlaserGeorge Washington University
  • Scott SaganStanford University
  • Etel SolingenUniversity of California Irvine
  • Stephen Van EveraMassachusetts Institute of Technology


  • Remarks, Richard BettsColumbia University
  • Remarks, Alexa JervisDaughter, Speaking on behalf of the Jervis Family
  • Video, Derek CholletU.S. Department of State
  • SIPA Video Celebrating Robert Jervis

Remarks, Colin KahlU.S. Department of Defense

Afternoon Session: Great Power Competition
Moderator: Michael Doyle, Columbia University

  • Thomas ChristensenColumbia University
  • Jacob LewColumbia University
  • Kimberly MartenBarnard College, Columbia University
  • Mira Rapp-HooperNational Security Council

Brief Remarks by:

  • Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton, Columbia SIPA Professor of Practice

Remarks by:

  • President Lee Bollinger, Columbia University
  • Dean Keren Yarhi-Milo, Columbia SIPA


Gabriel Silver Lecture, Avril HainesDirector of National Intelligence
Keynote address followed by f
ireside chat with Keren Yarhi-MiloDean, Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs