Increasingly, US and European leaders are questioning whether international organizations such as NATO are worth the costs. In this talk, Heidi Hardt, assistant professor of political science at the Univeristy of California, Irvine, argues that answering this question requires a consideration of how well the organizations perform. Hardt will discuss findings from her new book NATO’s Lessons in Crisis, which draws on her interviews with 120 civilian and military elite officials at NATO. The talk will highlight strategic lessons from military operations in Afghanistan and Libya and identify how NATO is changing to correct past mistakes.
WHAT: An on-the-record talk by Heidi Hardt on NATO’s relevance in the Trump era as well as strategic lessons in military operations, based on interviews with 120 officials for her new book, NATO’s Lessons in Crisis
WHERE: The Stimson Center, 1211 Connecticut Avenue, NW, 8th Floor, Washington DC, 20036
WHEN: 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday September 5, 2018
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Heidi Hardt, Assistant Professor of Political Science at the Univeristy of California, Irvine
Heidi Hardt is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Irvine. She received her Ph.D. from the Graduate Institute in Geneva in 2011. Previously, she work as an assistant professor at the University of Texas at Arlington and as a post doctoral fellow at CEPSI – a joint center of McGill Univeristy and Université de Montréal on international peace and security. Her research examines effectiveness, efficiency, knowledge, memory and change in international organizations (IOs). Her books and articles have largely focused on IO engagement in international conflict management – from peacekeeping to military operations and she has expertise in NATO, the UN, EU, AU, OSCE and OAS. Some of her recent projects examine change in IOs across sectors, gender mainstreaming in IOs, gender integration in military operations and gender diversity in political science.