Lifelong Leadership Learning (L4) – A CALF Alumni Event

On October 19, 2015, CALF hosted an L4 event on the UC Davis Campus. The seminar featured Rosa Brooks speaking on “Fixing What’s Broke: Restoring American Leadership in the Age of the Long War.” Brooks is one of the nation’s most highly respected commentators on foreign policy, national security, politics and law. She is a columnist for Foreign Policy, a senior fellow at the New America Foundation, and a professor at the Georgetown University Law Center. She is also author of the forthcoming book, By Other Means: How Everything Became War & the Military Became Everything.

Audio Excerpts from Rosa Brooks’ October 2015 Lifelong Leadership Learning Presentation

  • Brooks explains the character of the global mess we're in; things we have heard before but don't take as seriously as we should.

    (1:48, 2.7MB) [ Download ]
  • Brooks explores a scenario that imagines the eventual decline of America's global power and influence.

    (6:03, 8.9MB) [ Download ]
  • What do we do about this uncertainty and decline? How does one strategize when it’s impossible to make predictions? Drawing on the ideas of philosopher John Rawls, Brooks outlines an approach for moving forward in the face of radical uncertainty.

    (3:22, 5.0MB) [ Download ]
  • Brooks outlines a broad approach the U.S. could follow to create an international order that will be more stable and fair to all the world's peoples.

    (4:24, 6.6MB) [ Download ]
  • What are the implications for individual leaders in the face of the unexpected? Brooks suggests approaches that we as leaders should pursue that will leave us better off and make our organizations more adaptable and resilient.

    (3:53, 5.8MB) [ Download ]

The L4 seminar was made possible by a generous donation from Driscoll’s.

Media Contact: Liza Teixeira Robertson (559) 816-5979 |

About Rosa Brooks

Rosa Brooks

Rosa Brooks is the daughter of anti-war activists and the wife of a United States Army Special Forces officer. Her varied career has included work for international human rights NGOs, the U.S. Department of State and a recent stint as a high-level Pentagon official. From 2009 to 2011, Brooks served as counselor to under-secretary of defense for policy Michèle Flournoy, the Pentagon’s third-highest ranking civilian. In 2011, Brooks was awarded the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service. Over the years, her work has brought her to dozens of countries around the globe, from Afghanistan, Iraq, China and Indonesia to the Balkans and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Brooks is a tenured law professor at Georgetown University Law Center and a senior fellow at the New America Foundation. She is an expert on international law, constitutional law, law of war, human rights and national security law, and has authored dozens of scholarly articles on these subjects, along with a book, “Can Might Make Rights? The Rule of Law After Military Interventions” (co-authored with Jane Stromseth and David Wippman. Cambridge University Press, 2006). She regularly speaks before public audiences on matters relating to the changing nature of warfare, including recent testimony before both the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Senate Judiciary Committee, and both scholars and journalists frequently cite her comments on these issues.

Brooks has combined her government and academic work with a successful career in journalism. From 2005 to 2009, she wrote a popular weekly opinion column for the Los Angeles Times. She currently writes a weekly column on war, politics and the military for Foreign Policy magazine; her column routinely hits the top of’s “most popular” list. ( attracts 4 million online readers each month).

Brooks’ articles and essays have appeared in dozens of other publications as well. She is a frequent radio and television guest, with recent appearances on the Charlie Rose Show (Bloomberg TV), the Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC) and OutFront with Erin Burnett (CNN). Her next book – “By Other Means: How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything” – will be published in 2016 by Simon and Schuster. Brooks lives in Virginia with her husband, Joe, and daughters, Anna and Clara.

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