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McCain Conference Registration Information

April 19-20, 2018 Registration is open at this time. Thanks for your interest.

Alumni Hall, second floor Bo Coppedge Room


2018 McCain Conference

"The Ethics of Intrastate Warfare"

Topics include revolution, secession, coups, intervention, transitional justice, nonviolent resistance and refugees.

19-20 April 2018

US Naval Academy


Thursday, 19 April

0730-0830       Breakfast – Alumni Hall, Bo Coppedge Room

0830-0835       Introduction of U.S. Naval Academy Superintendent

COL Art Athens, USMCR (ret.) Director, ­­Stockdale Center, US Naval Academy

0835-0840       Welcoming remarks

VADM Walter E. “Ted” Carter Jr., USN – Superintendent, US Naval Academy

0840-0845       Introduction of keynote speaker

COL Art Athens, USMCR (ret.) – Director, ­­Stockdale Center, US Naval Academy

 0845-0945       Keynote – “External State Building:  Limited Opportunities”

Dr. Stephen Krasner – Stanford University

0945-1000       Break

1000-1115       Panel – “Ethics of Revolutions: ad bellum and in bello Complications”

  • Valerie Morkevicius – Colgate University
  • Michael Gross – University of Haifa

 1115-1130       Break

 1130-1230       Keynote – “Just Wars? The Consequences of Revolutions”

Dr. Jack Goldstone – George Mason University

1230-1330       Lunch and speaker – “Nationalism, Human Rights and the Prospects for Peace”

Dr. David Luban – Georgetown Law

1330-1345       Break

1345-1445       Keynote – “Intrastate Conflict and the Authority Requirement”

Dr. David Rodin – University of Oxford

1445-1500       Break

1500-1600       Keynote – “Justified Interventions”

Dr. Allen Buchanan – Duke University

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

1630-1830       Reception – Visitor Center Observation Deck

Friday, 20 April

0800-0855       Breakfast – Alumni Hall, Bo Coppedge Room

0855-0900       Welcoming remarks

COL Art Athens, USMCR (ret.) – Director, Stockdale Center, U.S. Naval Academy

0900–1000      Keynote – “Secession: Was Lincoln's War to Preserve the Union Just?”

Dr. Kit Wellman – Washington University in St. Louis

1000-1015       Break

1015-1115       Keynote – “The Democratic Coup d’État…Justified?”

Dr. Ozan Varol – Lewis & Clark Law School

1115-1130       Break

1130–1230      Keynote – “Moral Obligations to Refugees “

Dr. Serena Parekh – Northeastern University

1230-1330       Lunch and speaker – “Institutionalizing the Just War”

Dr. Allen Buchanan – Duke University

1330-1345       Break

1345-1445       Keynote – “Building Peace After War: The Ethics of Political Reconciliation”

Dr. Daniel Philpott – University of Notre Dame

1445-1500       Break

1500-1600       Keynote – “The Nonviolent Option: Why Civil Resistance Works”

Dr. Maria Stephan – US Institute of Peace


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 (blue text):

The Airport Shuttle


Lodging on Academy grounds

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.

Call Liz or Mario at 410-757-7900.

Lowe's Annapolis Hotel

126 West Street


O’Callaghan Annapolis Hotel

174 West Street, Annapolis

Tel 410-263-7700

Fax 410-990-9529

Country Inn and Suites

2600 Housely, Annapolis, a short drive from the Academy

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

Fax 410-571-6777

Historic Inns of Annapolis

58 State Circle

Tel 410-263-2641

Registration is open at this time

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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