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(Bethlehem, Pennsylvania)— Dr. Ervin J. Rokke, president of Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, will present the keynote address at a global security conference, The "New War:" 21st Century Conflict, sponsored by the George C. Marshall European Center of Security Studies in Garmisch, Germany. On Tuesday, June 18, Rokke’s will address senior level officials from 15 countries who are responsible for combating international terrorists and criminal groups.
Rokke's keynote address will offer theoretical notions about how peace and stability can be maintained in a world of elusive enemies and dangerous radical groups. He will outline the tools of statecraft which were used during the Cold War that remain relevant today, and provide recommendations for minimizing the impact of destabilizing events on national security planning and force structuring.
At the conference, participants will explore the future needs of states in facing the challenges posed by the changing strategic realities of the 21st century and the "war on terrorism," as the threat from non-state actors (terrorist groups, criminal groups, and extremist groups) continues to grow.
Participants will gauge the security, economic, political, social and cultural impact of the new war on participant countries and regions. The group will while collectively define the most effective response and explore potential measure in cooperation and coalition building to support common interests.
Rokke is a Harvard-educated political scientist and career military officer who holds the rank of lieutenant general in the U.S. Air Force. He served from 1994 to 1997 as president of the National Defense University, the preeminent joint military educational institution of the U.S. Department of Defense.
In a wide-ranging career, Rokke has served as an educator, diplomat, and military intelligence officer in the United States and various foreign nations. He has more than 30 years of professional experience divided between college-level academic administration and teaching and national security-related positions.
The Marshall Center is a bi-lateral institution of higher security and defense learning for foreign and security policy officials representing more than 44 countries. The Center brings together foreign and security policy experts from the Atlantic to Eurasia and undertake research to seek common approaches for complex issues threatening regional security.
Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.