Ashland University Groups to Sponsor Debate on Torture

Ashland University Groups to Sponsor Debate on Torture

4/15/15 ASHLAND, Ohio – Three groups on the Ashland University campus -- The Alexander Hamilton Society, the Political Science Department and the Philosophy Club – are sponsoring a debate on the topic of “Is Torture Wrong?”

The event, which will feature Elbridge Colby from the Center for a New American Security, will be held April 21 at noon in the Conference Rooms of the Hawkins-Conard Student Center. Food and drinks will be provided at the event.

Colby is the Robert M. Gates Fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), where he focuses on strategic deterrence, nuclear weapons, conventional force, intelligence and related issues.

In 2012, he served as the deputy head for national security personnel on the Mitt Romney pre-transition effort and also worked on several of the campaign’s security policy teams. From 2010 to 2013, he was a principal analyst and division lead for global strategic affairs at CNA.

Before that, he served for over five years in the U.S. Government, including as policy advisor to the Secretary of Defense’s Representative for the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, as an expert advisor to the Congressional Strategic Posture Commission, as a staff member on the President’s Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the U.S. Regarding WMD, with the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq, and with the State Department.

Colby also serves or has served as a consultant to a variety of U.S. Government entities on a range of defense and intelligence matters. In 2014, he served as a staff member for the National Defense Panel.

Colby is a frequent commentator and author on defense and foreign policy issues. He has co-edited a volume on Strategic Stability: Contending Interpretations (2013), co-chaired a CSIS working group study on U.S.-China nuclear weapons issues titled Nuclear Weapons and U.S.-China Relations: A Way Forward (2013), and has published book chapters in a number of edited collections. He also publishes regularly on defense and foreign policy issues in a variety of venues such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Politico, The National Interest, Foreign Policy, War on the Rocks, and Orbis. He speaks frequently to government, expert, university, and broader public audiences in the United States, Europe, and Asia, and is a regular participant in Track II discussions. 

He is a recipient of the Exceptional Public Service Award from the Office of the Secretary of Defense and of the Superior and Meritorious Honor Awards from the Department of State. A term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a member of the International Institute of Strategic Studies, and co-chairman of the Washington, D.C. Advisory Committee of the Hamilton Society, Colby is a graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School.

Ashland University is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University ( values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###