October 30, 2013

Vol. 29 , No. 02   


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Lecture Honoring Harold W. Rood (1922-2011)

State Sponsors of Terrorism
CHRISTOPHER HARMON
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2013
LUNCHEON 11:30 a.m.; PROGRAM 12:00 p.m.

State practices are not limited to the peaceable. Even democratic India trained hundreds of Tamil militants, only to later feel compelled to intervene against them during fighting in Sri Lanka. Pakistan, for its part, backs Sunni militants, including Lashkar-e-Tayyiba, responsible for recurring depredations in India. This lecture reviews multiple cases: the Soviet bloc; Libyan and Yugoslav support to Palestinians; several "narcoterrorism" governments, etc. After analysis of the four states on the U.S. official list of sponsors--Cuba, Syria, Iran, and northern Sudan--the lecture closes with words on U.S. policy and strategy for dealing with such states.

Christopher Harmon serves as the Major General Matthew C. Horner Chair of Military Theory at Marine Corps University. He previously held positions as Curricula Director in the Program on Terrorism and Security Studies at George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies and The Kim. T. Adamson Chair of Insurgency & Terrorism at the Marine Corps University’s University Command and Staff College. Dr. Harmon is the editor or co-author of a number of books in the area of terrorism and counterterrorism including Toward A Grand Strategy Against Terrorism, Terrorism Today (2010), and Statecraft and Power: Essays in Honor of Harold W. Rood (1994). In addition, he has testified before Congress and spoken before numerous groups both nationally and internationally. Dr. Harmon’s latest work, A Citizen’s Guide to Terrorism and Counterterrorism, will be published by Routledge in December.

Dr. Harmon holds a Ph.D. in International Relations and Government from Claremont Graduate School and a B.A. in History from Seattle University. Dr. Harmon has been honored by the Department of State as the recipient of the “Distinguished Public Service Award.”

Professor Harold W. (Bill) Rood was a great teacher, mentor, and friend to many generations of students of history and international relations, especially those at Claremont McKenna College. Born in 1922, he served as a heavy machine gunner and a radio operator in Patton's Third Army, in the European Theater of Operations, where he rose to the rank of private first class. He continued his military service in the Army Reserve during the Korean War as an order of battle specialist and a strategic intelligence analyst. He also served on the staff and faculty of the Sixth Army Intelligence School.

Dr. Rood earned a B.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley. He was appointed to the Government Department faculty of Claremont Men's College in 1962, and came to hold the W.M. Keck Foundation Chair of International Strategic Studies. Dr. Rood won multiple Outstanding Teacher Awards at CMC and established himself as a favorite among CMC undergrads, while attracting a loyal following from then-Claremont Graduate School (now University). He is survived by his wife, Juanita, and daughters Hilary and Elizabeth.