NEWPORT, R.I. – Col. Robert M. Cassidy, a military professor at the U.S. Naval War College who specializes in irregular warfare and stability operations, will present a public lecture, “Pakistan and its Contradictions,” on Wednesday, Jan. 25 at 6 p.m. at the Young Building, corner of Bellevue and Ruggles avenues.
Sponsored by Salve Regina’s Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy, Col. Cassidy’s lecture is free and open to the public. As seating is limited, those wishing to attend are asked to RSVP by Jan. 23 to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 401-341-2927.
Col. Cassidy will discuss the strategic rationale for the war in South Asia, with a focus on Pakistan. His talk addresses the difficult regional context and it will review Pakistan’s strategic goals vis-à-vis Afghanistan and India while highlighting the effects of that rationale on Pakistan’s security, and on Afghanistan’s stability. The essence of the presentation will look into the contradictions of Pakistan, its security policies, and the attendant contradictions in America’s stated strategy for both Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Col. Cassidy is a senior fellow with the Center for Advanced Defense Studies at NWC. He has served as a special assistant to two senior general officers, a special operations strategist, and as a battalion commander.
He has published a number of articles and is the author of three books on irregular warfare and stability operations. His latest book, “War, Will, and Warlords,” about Pakistan and Afghanistan, will be published shortly.
Col. Cassidy received his Ph.D. from the Fletcher School.