Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership

McCain Conference Registration Information

April 16-17, 2015 Registration is closed. Thanks for your interest.

Alumni Hall, second floor Bo Coppedge Room

The 2015 McCain Conference examined the evolution of the Western just war tradition, and compared ways in which this tradition is currently taught by the U.S. Navy, Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Merchant Marines.


2015 McCain Conference

Teaching the Western Just War Tradition

16-17 April 2015

US Naval Academy

Thursday, 16 April

0800-0850       Breakfast – Alumni Hall, Bo Coppedge Room

0850–0900      Welcoming remarks and introduction of keynote speaker- Colonel Art Athens, USMCR (Ret.), Director, Stockdale Center

0900-0950       Keynote - Dr. James Turner Johnson, Rutgers University

0950-1010       Break

1010-1110       Panel – Jus ad bellum debates in the tradition

  • Chair – Dr. Edward Barrett, Stockdale Center
  • Dr. David Luban, Georgetown Law
  • Dr. Mitt Regan, Georgetown Law
  • Dr. Joseph Capizzi, Catholic University of America

 1110-1130       Break

 1130-1220       Keynote - Dr. Kit Wellman, Washington University in Saint Louis

 1220-1320       Lunch

 1320-1330       Break

 1330-1430       Panel – Jus in bello and jus post bellum debates in the tradition

  • Chair – Dr. Michael Skerker, US Naval Academy
  • Dr Jessica Wolfendale, West Virginia University
  • Dr. Ashleen Bagnulo, Stockdale Center
  • Dr. Marcus Hedhal, US Naval Academy

 1430-1500       Break

 1500-1550       Keynote - Dr. Gregory Reichberg, Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)

 1600-1615       Group photo – Alumni Hall, first floor stairs

 1630-1830       Reception – Visitor’s Center Observation Deck

Friday, 17 April

0800-0845       Breakfast – Alumni Hall, Bo Coppedge Room

0845-0850       Introduction of US Naval Academy Superintendent - Colonel Art Athens, USMCR (Ret.), Director, Stockdale Center

0850–0900      Welcoming remarks - Vice Admiral Walter E. "Ted" Carter Jr., USN

0900-1000       Panel – US Navy

  • Dr. Martin Cook, US Naval War College
  • Dr. Chris Eberle, US Naval Academy
  • Midshipman Andrea Howard
  • Midshipman Eric Swanson

 1000-1015       Break

 1015-1115       Panel – US Army 

  • Dr. Richard Schoonhoven, US Military Academy
  • Colonel Jonathan Shaw, US Army War College

 1115-1130       Break

 1130-1230       Panel – US Merchant Marine, US Coast Guard, UK Defence Academy

  • Captain Reed Bonadonna, US Merchant Marine Academy
  • Dr. Erik Wingrove-Haugland, US Coast Guard Academy
  • Dr. David Whetham, United Kingdom Defence Academy
  • Dr. Stephen Coleman, The University of  New South Wales

 1230-1330       Lunch and keynote - Lieutenant General Chris Miller, USAF (Ret.)

 1330-1345       Break             

 1345-1430       Panel – US Marines

  • Dr. Paolo Tripoldi, US Marine Corps University
  • Dr. Rebecca Johnson, US Marine Corps University
  • Colonel Chris Thompson, US Marine Corps University
  • Major Kelly Frushour, US Marine Corps University

 1430-1445       Break

 1445-1530       Panel – US Air Force

  • Dr. James Cook, US Air Force Academy
  • Dr. Kim Hudson, Air University

 1530-1600       Closing Keynote - Dr. Albert C. Pierce, National Defense University


Registration is complimentary, and you will be our guest for meals on Thursday and Friday (excluding dinner on your own in town on Friday after the reception). Participants are responsible for their own travel and accommodations. Some options are linked directly below:

The Airport Shuttle

USNA VOQ, on Academy grounds$72/day (VQ Suite) or $93/day (Distinguished VQ)

Call Wade or Kristy at 410-293-3906 or 410-293-4655.

Navy Lodge

adjacent to the Annapolis Naval Station, a short drive from the Academy

30 rooms available at $70/day.

Call Liz or Mario at 410-757-7900.

Lowe's Annapolis Hotel

126 West Street


O’Callaghan Annapolis Hotel

174 West Street, Annapolis

Government rates are approximately $114/day

Tel 410-263-7700

Fax 410-990-9529

Country Inn and Suites

2600 Housely, Annapolis, a short drive from the Academy

Government rate is $126/day

Tel 888-201-1746, 410-571-6700

Fax 410-571-6777

Historic Inns of Annapolis

58 State Circle

USNA rate is $119/day, Sun - Thur, $149/day, Sat & Sun

Tel 410-263-2641

Registration is now Closed

Registration Form (by invitation only)

Please fill out the form below. If you are registering a group of participants please list their names and email addresses in the box provided. Additionally, if you or group members have any dietary restrictions, you can include that information in the "other attendees" box.

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