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Founded in 1951, The Charlottesville Committee on Foreign Relations (CCFR) is a civic, non-partisan organization dedicated to the promotion of informed discussion of American foreign policy and international affairs.

It has achieved a distinguished record of bringing together concerned citizens in our area with leading authorities on world developments. The hallmark of CCFR is the creation of opportunities for in-depth exchanges on major international issues that increasingly affect our lives.

Alan C. Stam, Ph.D., former Dean of the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy at UVa

“NATO and the Challenges of Extended Deterrence”

Thursday May 09,2024

Dr. Stam is a world recognized expert on how wars begin, war outcomes, war durations, mediation, and alliance politics.  His books include Win Lose or Draw (University of Michigan Press, 1996) and Democracies at War (Princeton University Press, 2002), The Behavioral Origins of War (University of Michigan Press, 2004) and Why Leaders Fight (Cambridge University Press, 2015).

Dr. Stam worked on numerous survey-based research projects including surveys in Russia, Rwanda, India and the United States. His work on the Rwandan genocide overturned the conventional wisdom on how the genocide originated and has been featured in numerous accounts including a BBC documentary. 

Dr. Stam previously was Director of the International Policy Center at the Gerald R Ford School of Public Policy and Professor of Political Science and Senior research scientist at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research. Prior to moving to Michigan in 2007 he was the Daniel Webster Professor at Dartmouth College (2000-2007) and was Assistant Professor at Yale University (1996-2000).

In 2007 he was a residential fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. He is the recipient of the 2004 Karl Deutsch award, given annually by the International Studies Association to the scholar under the age of 40 who has made the greatest contribution to the study of international politics.

He is a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Dr. Stam received his Bachelors degree from Cornell University and his MA and PhD in Political Science from the University of Michigan.

6:00 Cocktails 6:45 Dinner 7:45 Talk and Discussion

Save The Date - Thursday, September 12th


Meal A: Smothered Shrimp
Meal B: Grilled Lamb Chops
Meal C: Vegetable Stuffed Peppers