STRATTON >> Sarwar Kashmeri, an Adjunct Professor at Norwich University, opened Stratton Mountain School's Summit Lecture Series on Saturday evening, March 12 in The Patti Kaltsas Education, Arts and Student Center. Students, faculty, and community members gathered to hear Kashmeri's accessible, but fiery, overview of the complex nature of current world issues and the difficulty in solving them.

SMS student, Emily Mallard, was impressed with the way that Kashmeri simplified complex problems, adding, "As a senior it was really cool to listen to a college professor and be able to connect subjects I'm learning in the classroom to his interpretation of global hot spots."

Kashmeri highlighted two such hot spots, explaining the key players in Syria's civil war, as well as China's view of its right to dominate the 200-mile economic zone that encompasses the South China Sea. His lecture, which allowed for questions from the audience, started a conversation about U.S. policy moving forward and our nation's role as a global leader. Audience member Jean Miller, was impressed with the presentation, stating, "Mr. Kashmeri gave one of the clearest analyses I have seen and heard, without subjecting his audience to a political overtone. His maps made so many issues so much clearer. He certainly seemed pleased, and a bit surprised, at the level of the questions that followed from students as well as adults."


Kashmeri, who leads an annual seminar on American foreign policy at Dartmouth College's School of Continuing Education-ILEAD, is the author of two books: "America and Europe after 9/11" and "Iraq and NATO 2.0: Reboot or Delete?" He has also written numerous opinion pieces on transatlantic issues and chaired business and public policy panels.

According to SMS history teacher and college counselor, Reid Smith, "Everyone left feeling informed, and I spent the next six hours with our students, ages 12-18, in debate and deep conversation about some of Kashmeri's points. It was a wonderful affirmation of Stratton Mountain School's mission to deliver top notch academics, and I am excited about the direction and success of the first lecture."

For questions about future presentations as part of Stratton Mountain School's Summit Lecture Series, contact Mary Beth O'Donnell at