What a great event the Alumni Club in London, UK, arranged on 10 January at the Oxford-Cambridge Club on the Pall Mall in London.

We were 40-50 pers there including John Edwards, Class of 1966, as well as Pres. Durden, Rick Delgiorno from the Alumni Office, French Prof. Catherine A. Beaudry, and War College staff.

The outstanding program for the evening – “US-UK Relations at the Start of the 21st Century” was arranged by Professor Jeff McCausland, Director of the Leadership Initiative at Dickinson. (Well worth taking a look at that program’s web pages here on Dickinson.edu ) Phillip Stephens, London Financial Times & Dr. John Hulsman, Heritage Foundation gave us all new insights as well as plenty of opportunity to question and explore their conclusions.

Hope to see all att the Glee Club/Octal concert on Saturday evening June 10 at Homecoming.

Best regards,
Gail Watt, Class of 1966
“Your contact in Sweden”
Gail Watt

PS For those interested , below is the program for the day conference that was held in the lovely Rusi location in Whitehall And I’m sure if the students on campus take contact with Professor Jeff McCausland, Director of the Leadership Initiative at Dickinson he can tell you how to get the book of papers US-UK Relations that resulted from the entire year-long project.

US-UK Special Relationship – Past, Present and Future

Date: 10 Jan 2006
Venue: RUSI, Whitehall, London SW1A 2ET

This seminar will explore the intricate historic ties between the United States and Great Britain and where those ties are leading both countries and the world. Panel discussions will feature prominent thinkers and leaders, Senior American and British Defence officials, and leading academics from both sides of the Atlantic.

This effort is intended to stimulate thoughtful dialogue on the evolving, multifaceted nature of the U.S.-U.K’s unique relationship, provide predictions about its direction and make policy recommendations for leaders. It is designed to help both governments prepare for potential problems and cultivate positive trends. The seminar will feature experts focusing on four policy areas that are critical to this dynamic relationship. They include: nuclear issues, the upcoming Quadrennial Defense Review in the United States, Iraq, and Non-proliferation.

The “special relationship” that served both nations so well throughout World War II and the Cold War remains critical but must continue to evolve in this new millennium. In many ways, the war on terror has caused both countries to rethink national security, and an important ingredient is how the United States and United Kingdom cooperate as allies. All attendees will receive a copy of the new book, US-UK Relations at the Start of the 21st Century.

Co-sponsors:

The Leadership in Conflict Initiative, Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA, USA
Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College

PROGRAMME

1000 Registration and coffee

1030 to 1045 Welcoming remarks by Dr. William Durden, President of Dickinson College & Rear Admiral Richard Cobbold, Director, RUSI

1045 to 1230 Panel 1: US-UK Defense Issues (primary focus QDR and Nuclear issues)

Chair: Professor Doug Lovelace, Director Strategic Studies Institute, US Army War College

Dr. Leo Michel, INSS, National Defense University, Washington, DC

Nick Childs, BBC, London

Charles Dick, Conflict Studies Research Centre, Royal Military Academy Sandhurst

1230 – 1330 Lunch

1330 to 1500 Panel 2: US-UK Foreign Policy Issues (primary focus Iraq and Non-proliferation issues)

Chair: Christopher Donnelly, Director, ARAG, Defence Academy of the United Kingdom

Dr. Jeff McCausland, Director of Leadership Initiative, Dickinson College

British Representative TBC

Dr. John Hulsman, Senior Fellow, Heritage Foundation, Washington, DC.