NDISC Speaker Events

NDISC explores the major scholarly and policy debates in the field of international security, broadly defined. Within the Speaker Seminar series we invite prominent scholars to speak on a wide range of international security related topics. These events provide a forum for policy experts, outside academics, and Notre Dame faculty and students to present and discuss their work .


All events are located in 1030 Jenkins Nanovic Halls at 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm, unless otherwise specified.

Download and print the Spring 2018 schedule here.


January 30, 2018 – Seminar Series

Jiyoung Ko (University of Notre Dame)

"Popular Nationalism and International Conflict." 


February 13, 2018 – Seminar Series

Eric Heginbotham (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

“Deterrence Without Dominance: Chinese Military Modernization and How to Respond.”

Read Aheads:

Deterring Without Dominance

US China Military Scorecard


February 27, 2018 – Seminar Series

Steven Lobell (University of Utah)

"A Granular Theory of Balancing."


March 1, 2018 – Special Speaker 

John Pomfret (Washington Post)

“The Background to the Coming Crisis in US-China Relations.”

1050 Jenkins Nanovic Halls


March 6, 2018 – Seminar Series

Jennifer Erickson (Boston College)

“Norms at War: Submarines and Poison Gas in World War I.”


March 22, 2018 – Special Speaker Series

Anna Weichselbraun (Stanford University)

"The Half-Life of Bureaucratic Objectivity."


April 10, 2018 –  Seminar Series

Nuno Monteiro (Yale University)

“A Theory of Political Violence.”



April 13, 2018 –  Special Speaker 

John Finnis (University of Notre Dame)

“Nuclear Disarmament: A Catholic Imperative?”

B058 Jenkins Nanovic Halls

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm | Lunch will be served at 11:45 am



April 17, 2018 – Seminar Series - CANCELLED

Rose McDermott (Brown University)

“Emotional Sources of Escalation in Cyberconflict.”


May 2, 2018  - Special Speaker - CANCELLED

Bernard Harcourt (Columbia with Center for Civil and Human Rights)

"The Counterrevolution: How Our Government Went to War Against Its Own Citizens."