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National Security Council Official, Peter Lavoy, to Speak on Policy “Myths”

Peter Lavoy, President Obama’s Special Assistant and Senior Director for South Asia at National Security Council, will  give this semester’s  Bryan Viewpoints Speakers Series lecture.

Dr. Lavoy’s lecture is titled “Globalization is a Threat! … And Ten Other Myths about Liberal Arts, Foreign Policy, and Life in the Global Community.” He will be speaking in Convocation Hall at 4:30 PM on December 5.

The lecture is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the event.

Lavoy’s responsibilities include advising the President on United States’ interests in Afghanistan, India, Pakistan and five other South Asian countries.

Since completing doctoral studies in political science at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1997, Lavoy has held a number of important positions in government service, including leadership roles in developing policies to counter biological and chemical weapons and the changing nature of conflict. He was member of the faculty of the Naval Postgraduate School from 1993 to 2007.

He has served as National Intelligence Officer for South Asia, Chairman of the National Intelligence Council and Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Analysis in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. From 2011 to 2014, he was Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asia and the South Pacific,

After a stint as a partner with an international strategic consulting firm, Monitor 360, he took up his present job in April 2015.

During his visit to Sewanee, Lavoy will meet with students to discuss careers in politics and government service, teach two classes and meet with faculty for a private discussion on South Asian and national security issues.

The Bryan Viewpoints Speaker Series is a program of the Babson Center for Global Commerce, and is made possible by the generous support of Peggy and J. F. Bryan IV, C ’65.

Dr. Lavoy’s visit is co-sponsored by the Departments of History, Politics and Economics, International and Global Studies and the Office of Global Education.