Former German defense minister and Colin Powell chief of staff to speak at KSU

Karl Theodor zu Guttenberg

Symposium examines role of conflict management, peace building in new American national security…

Georgia (Feb 9, 2012)Symposium examines role of conflict management, peace building in new American national security strategy

KENNESAW, Ga. (Feb. 9, 2012) — Former German Defense Minister Karl Theodor zu Guttenberg and F. William Smullen III, chief of staff to former Secretary of State Colin Powell, will deliver keynote addresses at the second annual symposium jointly presented by Kennesaw State University and the U.S. Army War College’s Strategic Studies Institute (SSI) Feb. 23-24.


Keynote speakers:

  • Karl Theodor zu Guttenberg, a distinguished statesman at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, was German minister of defense from 2009-2011 and minister of economics and technology (2009).
  • F. William Smullen III, Colin Powell’s chief of staff from 2001-2003, is director of national security studies at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.

 The symposium also features more than a dozen panelists from military, civilian, academic and international policy institutions. For a list of participants, schedule and registration, go to


The KSU/SSI Symposium brings together civilian and military experts to examine the role of conflict management and peace-building in the United States’ security strategy. The 2012 symposium will discuss strategic choices for addressing emerging security threats, integrating conflict management approaches into strategic decision-making, sharing the burden of peace-building operations between military and civilian agencies, and strengthening civil-military cooperation.

Symposium sessions are free and open to the public, except a luncheon on Friday, Feb. 24, which is $20.


Thursday and Friday, Feb. 23 and 24.  Guttenberg will speak at 6 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Embassy Suites, 620 Chastain Road, Kennesaw, GA 30144.   Smullen will speak at noon Feb. 24 at The Commons on the KSU campus, 1000 Chastain Road, Kennesaw, GA 30144. All other Friday sessions will be held in the Social Sciences building (#22), room 1021, on the KSU campus.


Kennesaw State University is the third largest university in Georgia, offering 80 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing, and a new Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing population of 24,100 students from more than 130 countries. 



A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit