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NUPI panel discussion: Understanding the Military Dimension of the U.S. Rebalance to Asia

October 1, 2014 - 09:00

The Norwegian Institute of International Affairs has the pleasure of inviting you to a panel discussion of the Obama Administration’s signature foreign policy initiative, the “pivot”, or rebalance to Asia. Three panelists will address the military pillar of the rebalance in three short presentations:

Patrick Cullen, NUPI, “Mapping the Pentagon’s Rebalance to Asia”

Jed Snyder, CNA, “Myths and Realities of the Asia-Pacific Rebalance”

Leo Michel, NDU, “Europe and the U.S. ‘Rebalance’”

These brief talks will address the following questions:
How has the U.S. Department of Defense conceptualized the implementation of the rebalance to Asia, and how is it “messaging” the rebalance? How will the rebalance change the US military’s footprint in the Asia Pacific, and what changes are being made now, if any at all? Finally, what does the rebalance mean for European security?

The presentations will be followed by a Q & A session with the audience.


Patrick Cullen  is a Senior Researcher in the Security and Defense Research Group at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs.  Prior to joining NUPI he worked in Washington DC as a political risk consultant focusing on long-term strategic planning and anticipatory risk analysis for the Defense and Intelligence communities.  He holds a PhD in International Relations from the London School of Economics.

Jed Snyder is a senior research scientist in CNA Strategic Studies’ International Affairs Group, with more than 30 years of experience as an analyst and policy practitioner in U.S. defense policy, security studies, and strategic planning. He has served in the departments of State and Defense and has held appointments in the academic and research communities. Snyder has recently returned to Washington, D.C., having completed an extended series of multi-year assignments as a CNA field representative and senior advisor to Navy flag Commanders in the Middle East, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific theaters.

Leo Michel  is a Distinguished Research Fellow at the Institute for National Strategic Studies (National Defense University), concentrating on transatlantic defense and security issues. Before joining INSS in August 2002, Mr. Michel served over 17 years in the Office of the Secretary of Defense at the Pentagon. His positions included: Director for NATO Policy; Director for Non-Nuclear Arms Control; Deputy U.S. Representative to the U.S.-Russia Bilateral Consultative Commission; and Deputy Director, Verification Policy. During 1996-99, he was appointed as the first U.S. Defense Department Representative at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy.

The seminar is organized in cooperation with the Norwegian Ministry of Defence.

Venue: NUPI , C.J. Hambros plass 2 D

NUPI panel discussion: Understanding the Military Dimension of the U.S. Rebalance to Asia


October 1, 2014