Brigham Young University’s David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies, in conjunction with the Washington Seminar Program and the International Society, are sponsoring a national security symposium to be held in Washington, D.C., 16-17 May 2003, at Brigham Young University’s recently completed Barlow Center, at 2520 L St., NW.

Wielding the Sword While Proclaiming Peace:
Reconciling the Demands of National Security with the Imperatives of Revealed Truth in the Dispensation of the Fullness of Times A series of panels, together with special guest speakers, will address themes related to LDS perspectives on contemporary security issues, including:

  • Comparing traditional Just War doctrine with modern scriptural
  • The LDS experience with conscientious objection;
  • LDS perspectives on wielding national power;
  • Historical and LDS perspectives on weapons of mass destruction; and,
  • Arab perspectives on U.S. foreign policy.

Michael Young, dean of the George Washington School of Law, and Member of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, will be the keynote speaker.

A special discussion will be led by Fred Axelgard, retired Foreign Service Officer, and currently Director of International Operations for General Dynamics, on the subject of “A Scriptural Critique of the Doctrine of Preemption,” based on Mormon 4:4.

This symposium will be the most significant gathering of LDS national
security specialists ever held in the Washington, D.C. area devoted to examining what LDS perspectives have to contribute to an understanding of U.S. national security policy.

Registration is limited. The complete symposium program, and registration information, can be found at:

For more information, please contact either of the Symposium Co-Chairs:
Dr. Kerry M. Kartchner, U.S. Department of State, at , or
Dr. Valerie Hudson, Brigham Young University, at