WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ - Dr. Stephen J. Flanagan  addressed Monmouth University graduates at its first Winter Commencement ceremony on Friday, January 14 at 1:30 p.m. at the Multipurpose Activity Center (MAC).   Monmouth University awarded approximately  650 undergraduate and graduate degrees.  Dr. Flanagan received an honorary degree during the ceremony.

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Dr. Stephen J. Flanagan (l) shakes hands with President Paul Gaffney

Dr. Flanagan holds the Henry A. Kissinger chair and is senior vice president at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington.  Before joining CSIS in June 2007, he served as director of the Institute for National Strategic Studies and vice president for research at the National Defense University (NDU).  He held several senior positions in the White House for President George H.W. Bush and President William Clinton, in the intelligence community, at the State Department, and on the U.S. Senate Staff  between 1989 and 1999.

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Kara Connelly of West Long Branch

Dr. Flanagan has also held several academic and research positions, including senior fellow and faculty member at the National War College;  executive director, Center for Science and International Affairs and faculty member at Harvard’s Kennedy School; and research associate at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London.

He has published numerous books and articles on transatlantic, East Asian, and international security affairs, and is a regular contributor of commentary in the national and international media.  Among his recent publications are Strategic Challenges: America’s Global Security Agenda (2008) and Turkey’s Evolving Dynamics: Strategic Choices for U.S.-Turkey Relations (2009).

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Happy graduates

He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the International Institute for Strategic Studies and serves on the editorial boards of several journals.  He earned a B.A. in political science from Columbia University in 1973 and a Ph.D. in international relations from the Fletcher School, Tufts University in 1979.