Foreign Policy Research Institute A Nation Must Think Before it Acts From Counterterrorism to Conventional Threats: The Future of War

VENUE:Haverford School

From Counterterrorism to Conventional Threats: The Future of War

| National Security Program

About the Event

For the inaugural session of our new Main Line Briefings, hosted and cosponsored by The Haverford School, we are pleased to feature an in-depth conversation between Drs. Marisa Porges (Head of The Baldwin School) and John Nagl (Headmaster of The Haverford School). By coincidence, the two heads of these prestigious private schools on the Main Line are also military veterans and experienced hands in the field of national security. They will be discussing the current threats to American national security, covering challenges from state and non-state actors, such as China, Russia, Iran, and various terrorist movements, as well as the potential battlefields of the 21st Century from conventional war to cyber war and beyond.


Marisa Porges is a Senior Fellow at FPRI and Head of School of The Baldwin School in Bryn Mawr, PA. Prior to joining Baldwin, Dr. Porges served at the White House, as White House Fellow and a senior advisor for cybersecurity and technology policy at the National Economic Council. Prior to joining the White House, she was a Fellow at Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and at the Council on Foreign Relations, and traveled throughout the Middle East and Afghanistan, interviewing former terrorists, Syrian rebel fighters, and local leaders on international security efforts. Dr. Porges also served as a counterterrorism policy advisor in the US Departments of the Treasury and Defense, and on active duty in the US Navy, flying jets as a Naval Flight Officer. She holds a Doctorate from King’s College London and has published in the New York Times, The New Yorker, and the Wall Street Journal.




John Nagl is a Senior Fellow of FPRI and Headmaster of the Haverford School in Haverford, PA. Prior to joining Haverford, Dr. Nagl was President of the Center for a New American Security in Washington, DC and served on the Defense Policy Board for three Secretaries of Defense. He served in the US Army for 20 years, leading a tank platoon in Operation Desert Storm and serving as the operations officer of a tank battalion task force in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Dr. Nagl is the author of Knife Fights: A Memoir of Modern War and of Learning to Eat Soup with a KnifeHe was also on the writing team that produced the The U.S. Army/Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Field Manual. He has been published in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal. He received his D.Phil from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar.


Haverford School

450 US-30
Haverford. PA. US. 19041


7:30 p.m. Public Briefing • 8:30 p.m. Adjournment

*7:00 p.m. VIP Reception for Members of FPRI (and spouses) at the $500 level and above.

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John A. Nagl

John A. Nagl - Dr. John Nagl, a member of FPRI’s Board of Advisors and is also a Senior Fellow in the Program on National Security, and a Visiting Professor of National Security Studies at the U.S. Army War College

Marisa Porges

Marisa Porges - Dr. Marisa Porges is Head of School at the Baldwin School. Dr. Porges previously served at the White House, as White House Fellow and a senior advisor for cybersecurity and technology policy at the National Economic Council.