NYU School of Professional Studies Center for Global Affairs (CGA) and the NYU Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) to Host “Cold War 2.0?”

April 16 Event Will Feature Remarks on the Current Security Environment by General Denis Mercier, Supreme Allied Commander Transformation NATO

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NEW YORK, April 11, 2018 – The NYU School of Professional Studies (NYUSPS) Center for Global Affairs (CGA) and the NYU Graduate School of Arts and Science (GSAS) will co-host a public event titled “Cold War 2.0?” on Monday, April 16, that will feature remarks by General Denis Mercier, NATO Supreme Allied Commander Transformation.

General Mercier will discuss the contemporary security environment, provide the NATO perspective on whether we are heading back into an era marked by great power competition, and discuss what that means for the Alliance and its members.

General Mercier was confirmed as Supreme Allied Commander Transformation of NATO by the North Atlantic Council in 2015, adding to his many impressive career accomplishments. He joined the French Air Force Academy in 1979, completing a master’s degree in science in 1981. He qualified as a fighter pilot in 1983 and has acquired extensive experience both as an operational commander and as a fighter pilot, including 182 hours in combat missions.

Following his nomination as senior military adviser for the minister of defence in 2010, General Mercier prepared and participated in all NATO ministerial meetings between 2010 and 2012, as well as the NATO summits of Lisbon and Chicago. Moreover, he was the minister's special adviser for Operation Unified Protector over Libya. He became the French Air Force chief of staff on September 17, 2012, which formalized his contact with Air Chiefs throughout the Alliance. He has been awarded the rank of Grand Officier of the French Legion of Honor. He also is, among other distinctions, an officer of the National Order of Merit.

The NYU Project on the Armed Forces & Society, co-directed by CGA Clinical Associate Professor Christopher Ankersen and GSAS Clinical Professor Michael John Williams, sponsored the talk.

The event will take place on Monday, April 16, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., 19 University Place, Room 102.

If you are a member of the press who wishes to cover the event, please contact Alka Gupta at aag13@nyu.edu.

For more information about NYUSPS Center for Global Affairs Public Events Series, visit sps.nyu.edu/cga.events, call 212-992-8380, or email sps.global.affairs@nyu.edu.

About the NYUSPS Center for Global Affairs

The NYU School of Professional Studies Center for Global Affairs facilitates change by educating and inspiring our community members to become global citizens who are capable of identifying and implementing solutions to pressing global challenges. We believe that the development of solutions to global problems must be informed by an understanding that the world’s challenges are not merely challenges for and among states and traditional diplomatic outlets, but also challenges for nonstate actors, urban and rural communities, and regional organizations. Through rigorous graduate and professional education programs and public events, we prepare global citizens who are at home in all of these environments—and thus, who are effective agents of change.

For more information, visit sps.nyu.edu/cga.

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