Patterson Alum Named Head of Threat Operations at U.S. Department of State

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE   Bureau of Diplomatic Security   _________________________________________________________________________________________________________ For immediate release Washington, D.C. October 12, 2022 Former aide to retired Iowa U.S. Rep. Jim Leach named as head of threat operations at U.S. Department of State   Paul Houston, who has spent a lifetime overseas, was named the Deputy Assistant Secretary and Assistant Director of... Continue Reading →

The South China Sea, Chinese Aggression, & Alleged Assault: The Fall Simulation

On October 7th & 8th, the Patterson School and the Army War College participated in the annual negotiation exercise.  This exercise consisted of several countries working together to overcome issues facing the South China Sea.  The countries that participated in this simulation were the United States, China, Indonesia, Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, and Japan.  The... Continue Reading →

Enlargement and Article 10: NATO, Finland, & Sweden

Last week, the United States Senate voted to ratify adding Finland and Sweden to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (hereinafter "NATO"). The resolution passed the Senate with a 95-1 vote after Senators Schumer (D-NY) and McConnell (R-KY) urged lawmakers to support the measure as Russia's aggression threatened national security. While President Biden hosted the leaders... Continue Reading →

Kidnappings, Assassination Attempts, Military Coups, and a Humanitarian Crisis: Patterson Students Take on the Crisis Simulation

On February 24 & 25, the Patterson School held its annual crisis simulation. With the help of Patterson faculty, former Patterson students organized a simulation to conduct the first in-person crisis simulation since the pandemic began. Below is a summary of the simulation. The simulation consisted of five teams: Venezuela, Peru, China, Colombia, and the... Continue Reading →

The Poland-Belarus Border Conflict

As instability rises in the Middle East, migrants are looking for different avenues to safety, and one of these avenues is seeking passage through Eastern Europe. On September 2, 2021, The Economist reported a large influx of migrants were crossing into Poland, Lithuania, and Latvia at the direction of the Belarusian government ( Belarus' dictator,... Continue Reading →

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