The William E. Colby Military Writers’ Symposium is a two-day event hosted at Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont. The only program of its kind at an American university, this unique and powerful program invites distinguished authors and experts in the fields of military history, intelligence, or current affairs to campus for social events, book signings, presentations, classroom sessions, and a moderated panel discussion on the theme for the year. View multimedia coverage of the 2017 event and interviews with visiting authors.  

Announcing 2018 guest speakers:

  • Saifaldin D. Abdul-Rahman
    Saifaldin Abdul-Rahman is Vice President of IWG, a U.S.-Iraqi firm providing consulting, logistics, and construction work in Iraq. He is also a partner in the Taj Al-Khairat Group for Investment. He has held senior posts in the Iraqi government, including as Advisor to the Vice President of Iraq, Chief of Staff to the Speaker of Parliament, and Chief of Staff to the Minister of Industry & Minerals.
  • Andrew Bacevich
    Andrew J. Bacevich is Professor Emeritus of International Relations and History at Boston University. Bacevich is the author of numerous books, including Breach of Trust: How Americans Failed Their Soldiers and Their Country (2013); Washington Rules: America’s Path to Permanent War (2010); The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism (2008); The Long War: A New History of US National Security Policy since World War II (2007) (editor); The New American Militarism: How Americans Are Seduced by War (2005); and American Empire: The Realities and Consequences of U. S. Diplomacy (2002).
  • R. Alan King
    R. Alan King is a retired U.S. Army colonel and former leader of the Army’s 3rd Infantry Division. He was the top civil-military adviser in Baghdad when the Iraqi regime fell in 2003. He is credited with leading the coalition’s tribal affairs and Sunni outreach programs and served as a senior member of the April 2004 ceasefire talks in Fallujah. King is the author of Twice Armed: An American Soldier’s Battle for Hearts and Minds, winner of the 2008 Colby Award.
  • Emma Sky
    Emma Sky is director of Yale’s Maurice R. Greenberg World Fellows Program and a Senior Fellow at the Jackson Institute, where she teaches Middle East politics. She is the author of The Unraveling: High Hopes and Missed Opportunities in Iraq. Sky served as advisor to the Commanding General of US Forces in Iraq; as advisor to the Commander of NATO’s International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan; advisor to the US Security Co-ordinator for the Middle East Peace Process; and as Governorate Co-ordinator of Kirkuk for the Coalition Provisional Authority.

Full symposium schedule and registration coming February 2018. For questions, please contact or 802-485-2080.

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