The Distinguished Speaker Series invites prominent experts and practitioners in international affairs to discuss topics and issues related to global governance, the rule of law, and conflict prevention.

On 10 December, the Institute welcomed James Stavridis, retired Admiral in the U.S. Navy who led the NATO Alliance in global operations from 2009 to 2013 as Supreme Allied Commander.

Earlier this year, Admiral Stavridis took up a new role as Dean of The Fletcher School at Tufts University, where he will continue a prolific academic career, which includes publications on naval strategy and the contemporary role of NATO.

Admiral Stavridis’ lecture at The Hague Institute addressed NATO’s role in conflict prevention, a vital topic as the alliance continues to appraise its ‘out-of-area’ role in light of the Afghanistan mission and the US pivot to Asia, as well as its function in the Euro-Atlantic area.


  • Admiral James Stavridis (Ret.)
    Dean of the Fletcher School, Tufts University and former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO
    Topic:  “The Role of NATO in Conflict Prevention”
  • Dr. Abiodun WilliamsModerator
    President, The Hague Institute


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