A Chapman University professor will join a distinguished panel of Cold War historians and national security officials discussing Nixon-era statecraft and leadership on Friday, Feb. 10, at 2 p.m. at the
Richard Nixon Presidential Library
in Yorba Linda.

Col. Gregory A. Daddis, Ph.D., will join the Chapman history faculty to direct the new M.A. in War and Society program.


Retired Army Col. Gregory A. Daddis, Ph.D., directs Chapman’s MA in War and Society program.


Gregory Daddis
, Ph.D., associate professor of history and director of Chapman’s
MA in War & Society
program, will moderate the panel discussion exploring the evolution of Nixon’s thinking on foreign policy and governing philosophy, and how he ultimately dealt with the global challenges of the time.

The panel is free and open to the public, but seating is limited and
online reservations
are advised.

Panel members will include:

  • Richard V. Allen: Head of the foreign affairs issues team during the 1968 Nixon campaign, and senior member of the National Security Council in the Nixon administration. In 1971, he became deputy of the newly created Council on International Economic Policy. He went on to serve as national security advisor to President Ronald Reagan.
  • Niall Ferguson: Senior fellow of the Hoover Institution, Stanford, and a senior fellow of the Center for European Studies, Harvard. He is also a visiting professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing, and the Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation Distinguished Scholar at the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC. He is the author of fourteen books including Kissinger, 1923-1968: The Idealist. He is currently at work on his second volume of the Kissinger biography.
  • Winston Lord: Special Assistant on the White House National Security Council, and accompanied President Nixon and Henry Kissinger on the historic trips to China and Russia. He went on to serve as State Department director of policy planning under Nixon, was president of the Council on Foreign Relations, ambassador to the People’s Republic of China under President Ronald Reagan and assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs.
  • Luke Nichter: Associate professor of history at Texas A&M University – Central Texas, is a noted expert on Nixon’s 3,451 hours of White House tapes. He is a New York Times bestselling author/editor of six books, including Richard Nixon and Europe: The Reshaping of the Postwar Atlantic World and, with historian Douglas Brinkley, of the two volume The Nixon Tapes.


Daddis served as the Chief of the American History Division in the Department of History at the United States Military Academy at West Point. A retired US Army colonel, he has served in both Operations Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom. He specializes in the history of the Vietnam Wars and the Cold War era.