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Institute for National Security
and Military Studies Speaker Series

Upcoming Sessions

Transition Training: How National Security Professionals can Cultivate Professional and Personal Resiliency in New Roles and Environments.

Dr. Kelsey Larsen

November 2, 2023
1:30-3:30 P.M.
Clement Auditorium
Dr. Kelsey Larsen

Dr. Kelsey L. Larsen is the Associate Director of the Central Florida Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence (CF-ICCAE), and Assistant Professor in the University of Central Florida’s School of Politics, Security, and International Affairs. In those capacities, she conducts research on stress, and decision-making in complex national security environments – with a focus on service-members, veterans, intelligence professionals, peacekeepers, and leaders. She has published her work in multiple peer-reviewed outlets including Political Psychology, Military Medicine, Frontiers in Psychology, Medical Education, and Armed Forces & Society. She has also published book chapters in the fields of veterans’ mental health and mindfulness treatment programs.

In addition to prior service in organizations including the Institute for Women, Peace and Security, the European Union, and the U.S. Department of State, Dr. Larsen has also taught political science and methodology courses at Georgetown University, James Madison University, Johns Hopkins University, and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. She earned her PhD and MA degrees in Government at Georgetown University, her Masters Degree in Public Policy at Harvard University, and her Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science at the University of Iowa. 


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Previous Sessions

  • Topic: The FBI: One Agent' Story
  • Speaker: Patrick Hayes
  • Topic: The US Civil-Military Relationship
  • Speaker: Major General William J. Walker
  • Topic: A State in Disguise of a Merchant: Tech Companies and the Reconfiguration of Geopolitics.
  • Speaker: Dr. Treston Wheat
  • Topic: Cyber Resiliency: In Pursuit of Practical National Security Strategy 

  • Speaker: Commander Matt Caylor

“Conventional rhetoric has described the current global landscape as a strategic competition between three  “great powers”. What has developed is something quite different.  There is no question that these three nations are interacting in ways that will determine the future shape of the global security, economic and information architecture. The question is, are they all “great” and if so, why? To fully understand this, we must move “beyond the rhetoric” in our discussion of great power competition.”
- General Hooper