National Security Lecture Series at DMGS
The Daniel Morgan Graduate School Lecture Series is specifically designed to bring together speakers with divergent opinions on national security with the goal of enabling the public to engage in robust and informed discussions. It has hosted some of the most distinguished and influential leaders, thinkers, and practitioners of the national security community. These members of the national security community have provided our students, faculty, and guests with first-rate analysis of some of the most pressing challenges of our time. Daniel Morgan Graduate School will continue to host speakers who can help prepare the next generation of leaders, scholars and, practitioners to develop actionable solutions to global and domestic security challenges.
THE DMGS CHAPTER OF THE ALEXANDER HAMILTON SOCIETY PRESENTS, TROUBLE IN THE KINGDOM: AN APPRAISAL OF THE US-SAUDI RELATIONSHIP WITH BRIAN WEIDNER AND MICHAEL DORAN
On November 28th, Daniel Morgan Graduate School (DMGS) hosted a compelling discussion of the long and complicated relationship with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia led by two preeminent national security experts.
Recent developments such as the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, which President Trump has called the “worst coverup ever” have brought more attention than ever to the US-Saudi relationship. The relationship has often been characterized as transactional, rather than an alliance of shared values. Are the deliverables of this transaction worth their cost? Brian Weidner, a DMGS Adjunct Professor of Intelligence with a career spanning over 30 years serving in the United States Army, the FBI, and the DIA, and Michael Doran, a Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute and former Senior Director on the National Security Council, made it their mission to appraise the current state of US-Saudi relations tackling these questions and more. Dr. Thomas Cynkin, resident Asian expert and Vice President of External Affairs at DMGS, introduced the speakers, and Cameron Keyani, an Intelligence Master’s candidate at DMGS and the Chapter President of the Alexander Hamilton Society, moderated the panel discussion.
At DMGS, we are afforded incredible opportunities to host distinguished and influential thinkers, leaders, and practitioners as part of our National Security Lecture Series. The DMGS Chapter of the Alexander Hamilton Society’s presentation was in keeping with the goal of our Speaker Series to draw attention to the perspectives of national security professionals and other eminent experts on the most pressing challenges faced by the international community.
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Brian Weidner is an Adjunct Professor of Intelligence at the Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security. In his over 30 year career in law enforcement and national security, he has served in the United States Army, the FBI, and the Defense Intelligence Agency. He has taught at the FBI training academy in Quantico, and has appeared as a counterterrorism expert on Fox News.
Michael Doran is a Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute. He specializes in Middle East security issues. In the administration of President George W. Bush, Doran served in the White House as a Senior Director on the National Security Council, where he was responsible for helping to devise and coordinate United States strategies on a variety of Middle East issues, including Arab-Israeli relations and U.S. efforts to contain Iran and Syria.He also served in the Bush administration as a senior adviser in the State Department and a Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense in the Pentagon.
Before coming to Hudson, Mr. Doran was a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. He has also held teaching positions at NYU, Princeton, and the University of Central Florida. His latest book, Ike’s Gamble, was published by Free Press in 2016.