Casual Conversation May 10, 2022 with Caitlin Talmadge

Caitlin Talmadge, Ph.D., has generously agreed to speak with us in a Casual Conversation on Tuesday, May 10 from 2 to 3:30 pm Eastern Time.  PLEASE NOTE THE DIFFERENT TIME.  As you can read below, Dr. Talmadge has a very busy schedule and is very much in demand as an expert on the risks involved in U.S. involvement in the Russian invasion of Ukraine. In short, she is a geopolitical rock star.

While you don’t have to read her books beforehand, I hope that you will take the time to review her op-ed in the Washington Post (which shot to the top of Real Clear Politics) or her lead essay in the Review section of the WSJ a few weeks ago.  If you want the latter, I am able as a subscriber to send it to you.  Let me know at the email address below.

Finally, one credit that is unmentioned below, but of significant importance to all of us, is her parentage, namely her father Tex Talmadge, a mainstay of the Class and a good friend to many.

If you wish to attend, please let me know by close of business on the Friday preceding the Casual Conversation, namely May 6:

Thanks, and see all of you soon.




Caitlin Talmadge, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Security Studies in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, as well as Senior Non-Resident Fellow in Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institution, and Research Affiliate in the Security Studies Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In fall 2022, she will also hold the Kissinger Chair in Foreign Policy and International Relations at the United States Library of Congress.

Professor Talmadge’s research and teaching focus on deterrence and escalation, U.S. military operations and strategy, and security issues in Asia and the Persian Gulf. She is author of The Dictator’s Army: Battlefield Effectiveness in Authoritarian Regimes (Cornell, 2015), which Foreign Affairs named the Best Book in Security for 2016 and which won the 2017 Best Book Award from the International Security Studies Section of the International Studies Association. In addition, she is co-author of U.S. Defense Politics: The Origins of Security Policy (fourth edition, Routledge, 2021), and she is currently writing a book on the problem of nuclear escalation in conventional wars.

Dr. Talmadge has published articles in International Security, Security Studies, The Journal of Conflict Resolution, The Journal of Strategic Studies, Foreign Affairs, The Washington Quarterly, The Non-Proliferation Review, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post, among others. She has also testified before the Congressionally mandated U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, and her commentary on current events has appeared in The Financial Times, The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Economist, Newsweek, and other media outlets.

Dr. Talmadge is a graduate of Harvard (A.B., Government, summa cum laude) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Ph.D., Political Science). Her work has received funding from the Carnegie Corporation, the U.S. Department of Defense, the Smith Richardson Foundation, the American Political Science Association, and the Stanton Foundation, among others. Previously, she has worked as a researcher at the Center for Strategic and International Studies; a consultant to the Office of Net Assessment at the U.S. Department of Defense; and a professor at the George Washington University. For more information, please visit or follow her on Twitter @ProfTalmadge.