The Changing World of German Politics – Prof. Carolyn Halladay – Luncheon Lecture May 26, 2022


Professor Carolyn Halladay

Department of National Security Affairs
Naval Postgraduate School


The Changing World of German Politics


When Angela Merkel announced in 2018 that she would not seek reelection as German chancellor in 2021, people spoke, with only a little hyperbole, about the end of an era. Observers of Germany certainly expected changes in Berlin, but which ones? The answer remains unclear, however portentous it may ultimately be. It took two months for a governing coalition to form, with the result a somewhat unlikely three-way “stop light” agreement among disparate parties. While the new government seeks to clarify its domestic priorities, unprecedented international events, notably the Russian invasion of Ukraine, confront the German leadership. It is a very different Germany–and world—for Chancellor Olaf Scholtz. In her presentation, Professor Carolyn Halladay will explore the promise and potential pitfalls of the current situation.

Carolyn Halladay is a Senior Lecturer in the Center for Civil- Military Relations and in the National Security Affairs Department at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS). She also lectures at the NPS Center for Homeland Defense and Security. An historian and a lawyer, Dr. Halladay’s academic focus is on contemporary Central Europe.

Before joining the NPS faculty, Dr. Halladay was a lecturer in history at Pennsylvania State University at Erie, The Behrend College. She has also taught history and international relations at the graduate and undergraduate levels at The George Washington University in Washington, DC.

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  • Thursday, May 26, 2022
  • 11:30 am: Registration
  • 12:00 am: Luncheon
  • 12:45 pm: Program

Luncheon Menu

  • Organic Greens with Pine Nuts, Golden Raisins, and Vinaigrette
  • Roasted Beef Tenderloin with Bearnaise Sauce
  • Seasonal Vegetables
  • Fresh Bread and Butter
  • Carrot Cake
  • Coffee
  • Vegetarian Option: Crispy Polenta Napoleon with Wild Mushrooms, Boursin Cheese, Spinach, and Roasted Peppers

Luncheon Cost

  • $43 for members
  • $48 for guests


Please note that May’s luncheon is at a new location: the clubhouse at Bayonet Black Horse (BBH) Golf Course at 1 McClure Way on what used to be Fort Ord. The easiest way to get there is to exit Highway 1 at Lightfighter Drive. Continue east until you reach the third stoplight, where you will turn right onto Gen. Jim Moore Blvd. After about two miles, you will see the entrance to the golf course on your right. Turn right onto McClure Way and follow it to the parking lot.

As you face the buildings, you’ll see a sidewalk that begins at an archway between some planters. Follow the sidewalk toward the bay to the end of the building, where you will enter the building on your left into The Grill. Once inside, continue straight ahead until you reach the end of the building, then turn left into the meeting room. We hope to see you there! Luncheon prices differ among the various venues we now use. At BBH, the cost for members is $43 and for guests is $48.

Reservations are due by May 24 for this May 26 event.

Refunds are not available after the due date listed above.

Registration for the luncheon is now closed.


Bayonet and Black Horse
1 McClure Way
Seaside, California 93955
(831) 899-7271