Homeland Security


Homeland Security in Transition: Rebuilding Critical Infrastructure

Speaker: Everett Ehrlich
Speaker: Stephen Flynn
Speaker: Frances Townsend
Presider: Massimo Calabresi

With the Department of Homeland Security in the midst of its first presidential transition, what changes can the nation expect? President Obama’s economic stimulus plan suggests nearly 400,000 jobs would be created for critical infrastructure repair projects. How should these projects and other homeland security matters be prioritized in a new administration? Please join Everett Ehrlich, Stephen E. Flynn, and Frances Townsend to discuss these critical issues.

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Threats to The Nation's Capital: Are We Safe?

Speaker: Thomas Lockwood
Speaker: Edward Reiskin
Presider: Stephen Flynn

The nation's capital is a target-rich area by both absolute and symbolic measurements. This meeting will assess the unique threats to security in the Washington area, and the necessary responses. The discussion will evaluate steps already taken, determine what more needs to be done, identify resources, and analyze the challenges facing a coordinated response given the federal, local, and state entities involved.

8:00-8:30 a.m. Breakfast Reception
8:30-9:30 a.m. Meeting

Please Note: Special location

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Expert Roundup

Obama's NSS: Promise and Pitfalls

Authors: Stephen D. Biddle, Laurie Garrett, James M. Lindsay, Stewart M. Patrick, Adam Segal, Steven Simon, and Paul B. Stares

President Obama's first National Security Strategy departs from Bush administration doctrine by redefining the war against terror groups and embracing multilateralism, and may expect too much from global partners, say CFR experts in an analytical roundup.

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Ibrahim: Dubai May Benefit From 45-Day Study of U.S. Ports Deal

Youssef Michel Ibrahim interviewed by Bernard Gwertzman

Youssef Ibrahim, managing director of Dubai-based Strategic Energy Investment Group, and a former Middle East correspondent for the New York Times, says the pending deal for Dubai Ports World to administer the ports in major U.S. cities is not a security concern in a technical sense. But he says it is worthwhile for the 45-day study to go ahead. "Some good will come out of this. It may even be good for Dubai," says Ibrahim, who is also a former senior fellow in Middle Eastern studies at CFR.

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