U.S. Soft Power in Foreign Policy Series
Iraq: Iron Hand, Velvet Glove, Glass House - Employing Soft Power in Hard Places
Col. Christopher Conlin
United States Marine Corps (Ret.)
Thursday, June 10
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82752864440?pwd=QzVSSlZHQ0tTYzNONlJVSWZjdzZiZz09
As a government executive and retired United States Marine, Col. Conlin brings the unique experiences of forty years of service to our nation including operations in many of the world’s most hostile environments. He has led multiple large organizations as challenging as front-line combat battalions and as complex as the Iraqi Province of Najaf.
Col. Conlin was commissioned in the Marine Corps in 1981 following his graduation from the University of Rochester (New York). He subsequently was on active duty leading a variety of operational and training commands from 40-man rifle platoons to combat battalions of over 1,500 personnel. He retired after 30 years of continuous service with the rank of Colonel.
Career highlights include: leading an infantry company of 200 Marines during the liberation of Kuwait, serving as the commander of a combined Marine and SEAL Special Operations Unit during operations in the Mideast, and leading a Battalion Task Force during the liberation of Iraq. He also served as the Provisional Governor of Najaf Province in Iraq, the equivalent in population and area of New Hampshire. As a senior officer, Col. Conlin developed policies and venues for federal level departments and international level interagency collaboration in crisis response.
He currently serves as the Assistant City Manager for Public Safety in Sacramento, California where he provides executive oversight of the Police and Fire Departments, Office of Community Response, Office of Emergency Management, and the Youth, Parks & Community Enrichment Department (YPCE). Previously, he was the City’s Interim Fire Chief and the Director of Parks and Recreation. Prior to joining the City of Sacramento, he served an appointment from Governor Jerry Brown as a Deputy Director (Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation and Boating & Waterways) in the California Department of Parks and Recreation.
He is a subject matter expert in mission-focused leadership, complex team/coalition building, strategic management, operational decision making, standards-based training, and crisis management. His major media appearances include: CBS’ “60 Minutes”, CNN, NBC, NPR, and Al Jazeera news programs, as well as MSNBC talk shows, History Channel documentaries, and multiple national newspapers.