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CMU and Aspinall Foundation bring former Admiral Stockdale Professor of Professional Military Ethics to campus

Martin L. Cook, PhD, explores indications that world order may be crumbling

The CMU Department of Social and Behavioral Science announced Martin Cook, PhD, will visit the community and university presenting his groundbreaking lecture, The Changing Shape of the International System. 

Cook holds a PhD in philosophy and religion from the University of Chicago. He has more than 40 years of teaching experience from undergraduates to senior military officers. His international prowess led him to explore how the world is divided and organized, and to measure what human decisions determine the global order.

“As political leaders in the U.S. and Europe wrestle with the place of the UN, NATO and much of the international system Dr. Cook is a world authority when it comes to assessing what the future may hold,” said CMU Associate Professor of Political Science Justin Gollob, PhD. 

Cook said that rising powers like Russia and China, “increasingly work to undermine international institutions and agreements” and believes that, “it is by no means obvious that institutions that have defined the international system for the past 70 years will continue to do so in the future.” 

Cook’s expertise culminated in a distinguished teaching career serving as Admiral Stockdale Professor of Professional Military Ethics at the United States Naval War College. He also taught at the US Army War College, the US Air Force Academy, The College of William and Mary, Santa Clara University and several other academic institutions. He is especially adept at presenting provocative and complex subjects in an engaging way to non-specialists. Cook recently retired from the U.S. government and volunteered his time teaching at Ashesi University in Ghana. 

“Dr. Cook’s global perspectives are exactly how we enrich student perspectives as CMU advances the Civic Forum initiative,” said CMU President Tim Foster. “Its not everyday undergraduates get to hear from someone with his credentials and we thank the Aspinall Foundation and their board and welcome Dr. Cook to campus.” 

The community and university lecture will occur on April 10, 2019 at 7pm in the UC South Ballroom where participates will join CMU students exploring the history of existing international systems and hearing Cook’s thoughts about what might end up taking its place in the future. 

Media and community interested in attending the event are encouraged to contact the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at 970.248.1696. 


2019 Aspinall scholarship and award recipients include the following CMU students: 

Wayne Aspinall Award – Shannon Canitz  $4,000 Psychology, Marana, ZA

Charles Traylor Award – Elias Acevedo $6,000 Psychology; Fruita, CO 

Scholarships in the amount of $4,000:       

Olivia Blackwell, History-Secondary Education; Longmont, CO

Alexis Carnesi-Waugh,  Social Work; Buffalo, WY

Sydney Prey . Criminal Justice, Golden, CO

Brooke Sherwood, Political Science, Pueblo, CO

Alyssa Zurow,. Political Science, Geneva, IL

Find additional information about the Aspinall Foundation’s lecture series, scholarships and mission. 


Written by David Ludlam