February 23, 2006

HARRISONBURG—As a part of its Guardian Lecture Series, the Nelson for International and Public Affairs at James Madison University will host a public lecture by Dr. C. Dale Walton of the Missouri State University Department of Defense and Strategic Studies who will address “Revolutions in Strategic Perspective, Past and Future,” on Wednesday, March 1, 2006, at 7:00 p.m. in Taylor Hall 404. (The lecture qualifies as a Wellness Passport event for JMU students.)

Dr. Walton received his Ph.D. from the University of Hull in England, where he was an H.B. Earhart Fellow. Before joining the Missouri State faculty, Dr. Walton was a senior analyst at the National Institute for Public Policy in Fairfax, Virginia. His research interests include American and Russian security issues, the development of the European Union as an international actor, strategic relationships and security problems in Asia, geopolitics, and U.S. military-strategic history. He is currently the managing editor of the journal Comparative Strategy . Dr. Walton is the author of two books, The Geopolitics of Great Power Politics in the Twenty-First Century (2006) and The Myth of Inevitable U.S. Defeat in Vietnam (2002), as well as numerous articles.

The Department of Defense and Strategic Studies at Missouri State University is located in Washington, D.C., and provides professional, graduate-level academic training for students planning careers in U.S. national security policy, defense analysis, and related fields.

Named after James Madison’s famous observation to his friend George Thompson that “the advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty” (Letter, June 30, 1825), the Guardian Lecture Series will bring scholars and practitioners distinguished in the Nelson Institute’s four principal areas of interest—terrorism and national security, Africa, religion and global politics, and international ethics and justice—to James Madison University. During their visits to the Harrisonburg, Virginia, campus, the lecturers not only present a public lecture, but also have an opportunity to encounter JMU faculty and studies both in the classroom and in more informal “off the record” discussions.

Support for Dr. Walton’s visit to JMU was provided in part by a College of Arts and Letters Enhancement Initiative grant.