The World Today presents
Stories of a Pentagon and Obama Administration Speechwriter
with John Gans, Global Order Program Manager of Perry World House
Tuesday, February 20, 2018, 4:30-5:30PM
About the speaker:
John Gans is the Global Order Program Manager and joined PWH in December 2017.
Prior to joining PWH, Dr. John A. Gans, Jr. was a professorial lecturer at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and an instructor at the Hopkins Krieger School of Arts and Sciences Advanced Academic Program, where he taught courses on international politics, U.S. national security and the politics, and the process of U.S. foreign policy. He was also a resident fellow at the German Marshall Fund in Washington.
Until recently, Gans was the chief speechwriter to Secretary of Defense Ash Carter. He served as the principal advisor to the secretary on planning, positioning, and preparation of remarks, managed a team of writers, and drafted dozens of speeches delivered around the world. In addition to leading the writing team at the Defense Department, Gans has served as senior speechwriter for Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew.
Over the course of his career, Gans has also worked with Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, U.S. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, the 2008 Beijing Olympic bid delegation, American Airlines, and, in the wake of September 11, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) at Ground Zero. Gans is also a reserve Navy Public Affairs Officer (PAO) and part of the U.S. Fifth Fleet reserve component at Bahrain and Quincy, Massachusetts.
Gans’ book White House Warriors: How the National Security Council has Transformed the American Way of War will be released in 2018. In his PhD dissertation, “The Midnight Watch: The NSC Staff, Drift, and Presidential Decision in Conflict,” Gans wrote a comprehensive study of the NSC Staff’s culture, influence, and impact on presidential decision-making.
Friday, February 23, 2018
Room G-06 (Ambani Auditorium)
Simulcast to F-95
Jon M. Hunstman Hall
The World Today Presents:
Lessons from ISIL, for Jihadists and their Enemies with Visiting Fellow Graeme Wood
Tuesday, February 27, 2018, 4:30-5:30PM
About the speaker:
Graeme Wood is a correspondent for The Atlantic. He was the 2015-2016 Edward R. Murrow Press Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and is a lecturer in political science at Yale University. He was formerly a contributing editor to The New Republic and books editor of Pacific Standard.
He was a reporter at The Cambodia Daily in Phnom Penh in 1999, then lived and wrote in the Middle East from 2002 to 2006. He has received fellowships from the Social Sciences Research Council (2002-2003), the South Asian Journalists Association (2009), the East-West Center (2009-2010), and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Center for the Prevention of Genocide (2013-2014). He has appeared many times on television and radio (CNN, ABC, BBC, MSNBC, et al.), was the screenwriter of a Sundance Official Selection (2010, short film), and led a Nazi-hunting expedition to Paraguay for a History Channel special in 2009.
Graeme attended Deep Springs College, Harvard, Indiana University, and the American University in Cairo.