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November 18, 2021 ~ 7:30 PM



Dr. Jeannie Johnson

Associate Professor of Political Science at Utah State University and USU Director, Center for Anticipatory Intelligence
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Program Abstract:

The way U.S. Marines fight and the strategic outcomes they are able to achieve are determined both by warfighting practices endemic to Marine Corps culture as well as boundaries imposed by the wider U.S. national culture it serves.  The field of strategic culture examines the ways in which both organizational and national cultures influence decision-making and behavior within a strategic community.  The lessons a nation chooses to learn from its engagements are often more cultural than rational.  Exploring the lessons the U.S. has drawn, and those it has ignored, from the last twenty years of counterinsurgent fighting provides critical insight into how the U.S. strategic community is likely to face a future of mixed-method great power conflict.

Speaker Bio:

Dr. Jeannie Johnson is an Associate Professor in the Political Science Department at Utah State University and is the Director of USU’s Center for Anticipatory Intelligence (CAI).  Dr. Johnson’s primary research interest, Strategic Culture, examines the impact of national and organizational cultures on the formation of security policy.  Dr. Johnson co-founded the Center for Anticipatory Intelligence in 2018 with the vision of creating a cross-disciplinary, leading-edge initiative dedicated to researching, addressing, and teaching threat analysis and resilience modeling that fuses expertise in national security and geopolitics with cutting-edge instruction in cyber threats, data analytics, and emergent technology.
Prior to her academic career, Dr. Johnson worked within the Central Intelligence Agency’s Directorate of Intelligence as a member of the Balkan Task Force from 1998-1999 and served with the U.S. State Department in Embassies in Paris and Zagreb.  The Cultural Topography analytic method she pioneered with co-author Matt Berrett was featured in CIA’s June 2011 edition of Studies in Intelligence.
Dr. Johnson has conducted in-depth research on U.S. national and military service cultures, including critical blind spots in our foreign and security policy.  Her 2018 book, The Marines, Counterinsurgency, and Strategic Culture: Lessons Learned and Lost in America’s Wars, explores the collective impact of three layers of culture: the internal culture of the U.S. Marine Corps, the culture of the U.S. military, and American national culture across 100 years of counterinsurgency operations.  Dr. Johnson has also focused on the application of strategic culture analysis to the nuclear weapons issue and has co-edited two books on that topic.
Dr. Johnson received her doctorate in strategic studies from the University of Reading in 2013.  She received her MA in Political Economy from Utah State University in 1995 and her BA in Political Science and International Relations from Utah State in 1993.

Recent Publications

The Marines, Counterinsurgency, and Strategic Culture: Lessons Learned and Lost in America’s WarsGeorgetown University Press; Illustrated edition (Feb. 28, 2018)


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Closing Keynote – Revitalizing Democracy:
Mariano-Florentino_CuéllarPresident of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar, closed the WACA 2021 National Conference. Cuéllar, the 10th President of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, spoke on how the U.S. can revitalize democracy at home and abroad.
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WACA announced the launch of its Global Women’s Lecture Series & held the first program at the 2021 National Conference. Dr. Nina Ansary, award-winning author, historian, and UN Women Global Champion for Innovation and Director of the initiative, moderated the discussion. She was joined by Amb. Kelley Currie, former U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues, and Zarifa Ghafari, former mayor of Maidan Shahr. In addition, representatives from Girl Up opened the discussion. 

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Monday 11/22
World Affairs Council of Western Massachusetts hosts Esam Boraey, Visiting Professor of Public Policy at Westleyan University, for “95th Annual Meeting: ‘Lessons for Activists From the Arab Spring’
International Relations Council presents “International Film Club: Charlie’s Country
Montana World Affairs Council hosts Lisa McCarthy for “What? So What? Now What? (WSWNW)
Tuesday 11/23
Foreign Policy Association hosts David H. Petraeus, Ret. U.S. Army General, for “FPA Live: U.S. Involvement in Afghanistan: Taking Stock and Looking Ahead
World Affairs Council of Harrisburg presents “Kids and COVID Part II the Vaccine
World Affairs Council of Philadelphia presents “iThrive: Lives in Balance

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