The startling events of the past few weeks have evoked protests and discussions over the systemic racial injustice and treatment of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), particularly sparked by police abuse and extrajudicial killings towards this community. With presidential threats to deploy active-duty troops and political grandstanding with the military at the backdrop – and a militarized rhetoric and response to the protests – two ongoing trends become immediately recognizable: the involvement of the military in partisan politics and the legacy of racism in the military itself.
Join us for a panel discussion reviewing racism in the military, its impact on the trust between the military and the citizens it is supposed to protect, and its long-term effects.
Introduction by Dr. Stephen Biddle, Professor of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University
Dr. Morten Ender, Professor of Sociology, US Military Academy
Dr. Alice Hunt Friend, Visiting Research Professor, Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College
Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Vincent Stewart, former Deputy Commander of US Cyber Command
Discussion to be moderated by Mr. Daniel E. White '20 SIPA, Security Fellow, Truman National Security Project
This event is co-sponsored by the Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies, the SIPA Cyber Program and Technology and Policy Initiative, the International Security Policy (ISP) concentration, the Columbia SIPA Veterans Association, SIPA Students of Color, the Progressive Security Working Group, and the Digital and Cyber Group at Columbia University.