Welcome to the 2020 Military Writers’ Symposium

Norwich University President Mark C. Anarumo welcomes you to the Military Writers’ Symposium, a two-day, free event that took place October 7-8, 2020. Wednesday featured six live webinars (recordings now available below). And, you can also watch the Thursday panel discussion featuring distinguished guest speakers: Dr. Nadhir Al-Ansari, Dr. David Kilcullen, Hon. Sherri Goodman, and Adam Higginbotham, moderated by Colonel William Lyons ’90 (see below).

Couldn’t make it? No worries. We recorded each session and they are now available below.


Dr. Nadhir Al-Ansari
Globally Recognized Engineer and Author

9 – 10 a.m. EST
“Analyzing the Complexities of Hydro-politics and Conflict of Tigris and Euphrates Rivers”

Dr. David Kilcullen
Leading Global Security Expert, Thought Leader

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
“COVID, Conflict and Water: Lessons from the Arab Spring”

Adam Higginbotham
2020 Colby Award Winner

Noon – 1 p.m.
“Midnight in Chernobyl”

Hon. Sherri Goodman
Leading Environmental Security Expert

2 – 3 p.m.
“Water and Climate Security in an Age of Global Disruption”

Randy Brown
Author and Journalist

4 – 5 p.m.
“Aiming to Publish: Military-themed Writing Tips, Techniques, and Markets”

Nicole Navarro ’21
2020 Schultz Fellow

6 – 7 p.m.
“How the People’s Republic of China is Weaponizing Water Ports to Control Business, Politics, Perspective and Trade in Tanzania.”

Presentation of Carlo D’Este Award at 6 p.m.

Also during the 6 p.m. webinar will be the presentation of the D’Este Award. The Carlo D’Este ’58 Military History Award is a $1,000 prize presented to an outstanding undergraduate senior pursuing a degree in history or studies in war and peace.


The 2020 MWS Panel

Weaponizing Water
2020 Panel

MODERATOR: Colonel William Lyons ’90 | Executive, Entrepreneur, Leader
No registration required.

Weaponizing Water | 2020 Guest Panel

ADAM HIGGINBOTHAM 2020 COLBY AWARD WINNER—Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World’s Greatest Nuclear Disaster

DR. NADHIR AL-ANSARI: Globally recognized engineer and author, “Analyzing the Complexities of Hydro-politics and Conflict of Tigris and Euphrates Rivers”

HON. SHERRI GOODMAN: Leading environmental security expert, “Water and Climate Security in an Age of Global Disruption”

DR. DAVID KILCULLEN: Leading global security expert, thought leader, “COVID, Conflict and Water: Lessons from the Arab Spring”

Moderated by COLONEL WILLIAM LYONS ’90: Executive, Entrepreneur, Leader

Thursday, October 8, 2020, 12:00 p.m. EST. Watch here. No registration required.

THIS IS A CRITICAL TOPIC that all leaders and engaged citizens understand. Water and warfare share a long history, and today’s implications are equally strategic and tactical. From the power struggle in the Arctic, to the war over water in the Middle East, to conflicts in Africa from depleted water resources, the intersection of the environment and security is an issue that will shape the twenty-first century. Norwich aims to be a thought-leader in this domain. Norwich University’s Environmental Security Initiative, a joint endeavor by the Peace & War Center and the Center for Global Resilience and Security, examines the nexus between environmental issues that intertwine with security concerns through research, internships, experimental learning opportunities, and programming.

Keep the conversations flowing. Join The Norwich University Military Writers’ Symposium and Peace & War Center on Facebook.

Would you like a signed copy of select books by our distinguished guest authors?

The following books with bookplates are available through the Norwich University bookstore. Please call 1 (802) 485-2200 for details.

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Adam Higginbotham

Adam Higginbotham

For a signed copy, please call the Norwich University bookstore at 1 (802) 485-2200.
David Kilcullen

David Kilcullen

For a signed copy, please call the Norwich University bookstore at 1 (802) 485-2200.
Randy Brown

Randy Brown

For a signed copy, please call the Norwich University bookstore at 1 (802) 485-2200.
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Symposium Contacts

Travis Morris
Director, Peace & War Center
Executive Director, Symposium
Associate Professor, Criminal Justice

Administrative Coordinator

Nicole Greenwood


Carlo D’Este ’58

General Inquiries


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