The Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 (IRTPA) produced the most far reaching reform of the U.S. intelligence community in nearly 60 years. Join Representatives Jane Harman and Peter Hoekstra, principal leaders of the legislative process that resulted in the IRTPA, to appraise the legislation's achievements and examine the obstacles to implementation. This special discussion will be the final meeting of the Council series, "U.S. National Intelligence: Progress and Challenges."
7:45 - 8:00 a.m. Breakfast
8:00 - 9:00 a.m. Meeting
The Man Nobody Knew uncovers the secret world of a legendary CIA spymaster. Told by William Colby's son, the story is at once a probing history of the CIA, a personal memoir of a family living in clandestine shadows, and an inquiry into the hard costs of a nation's most cloaked actions.
Defending a New Domain by William J. Lynn III
Internet Governance in an Age of Cyber Insecurity by Robert K. Knake
Google's Lesson: Innovation Has to Be Accompanied by Reliability
by Robert K. Knake and Adam Segal
Jane Harman and John McLaughlin will discuss the role of intelligence in supporting the U.S. military in peacetime and wartime. As ranking member of the House Select Committee on Intelligence and former acting director of the Central Intelligence Agency, each offers a unique perspective into the challenges faced by the intelligence community in providing accurate and timely intelligence to American defense policy makers, military commanders, and the U.S. armed forces.
12:00 - 12:30 p.m. Lunch Reception
12:30 - 1:00 p.m. Meeting
CIA Director John O. Brennan discusses the current challenges facing the intelligence community in a conversation with Andrea Mitchell of NBC News.
Pakistan-U.S. ties have rebounded, but domestic turmoil and looming leadership transitions should command U.S. attention on this vital terrorist frontline, writes CFR's Daniel Markey.
The NYPD's new "Domain Awareness System" raises familiar questions about privacy and transparency that are likely to spark a debate at multiple levels of government, writes CFR's Matthew Waxman.
Despite its past failings, the intelligence community must be encouraged to craft critical assessments without fear of political interference, writes CFR Intelligence Fellow Frank Procida.
The WikiLeaks revelations aren't likely to do lasting damage, but CFR experts say they will make it harder to collaborate with governments such as Pakistan, hurt sensitive relationships, and hinder the open exchanges successful diplomacy requires.
The arrest of ten alleged Russian agents in U.S. suburbs raises questions about the nature of spying in the twenty-first century. Former U.S. spies discuss the enduring need for intelligence collected by humans and the motives for this latest round of espionage.
The payoff of huge investments in security precautions mean better intelligence collection, surveillance, and other security infrastructure that combine to make the likelihood of an al-Qaeda attack today very slim.
The unauthorized release of a trove of U.S. diplomatic documents, while revealing little new, could harm vital U.S. national security interests in Pakistan and Yemen, writes CFR President Richard N. Haass.
The WikiLeaks' reports are important because they come at a time of growing public disillusionment about Afghanistan, not because they contain much new information, says CFR's Daniel Markey.
U.S.-Germany relations have plunged to new lows, but the alliance is far greater than the recent controversy over espionage, says expert Karen Donfried.
Recent revelations about U.S. surveillance activities in Latin America have provoked a range of negative responses from regional leaders, but the practical consequences will be marginal, says expert Christopher Sabatini.
While the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court has granted U.S. agencies broad legal authority to collect sensitive information, it is hardly a "rubber stamp" for government surveillance requests, says CFR's Matt Waxman.
Campbell evaluates the implications of the Boko Haram insurgency and recommends that the United States support Nigerian efforts to address the drivers of Boko Haram, such as poverty and corruption, and to foster stronger ties with Nigerian civil society.
Koblentz argues that the United States should work with other nuclear-armed states to manage threats to nuclear stability in the near term and establish processes for multilateral arms control efforts over the longer term.
The authors argue that it is essential to begin working now to expand and establish rules and norms governing armed drones, thereby creating standards of behavior that other countries will be more likely to follow.
Smith's insightful book explores the policy issues testing the Japanese government as it tries to navigate its relationship with an advancing China. More
This revolutionary new look at volatility and crisis in oil markets explores the conditions in which oil supply fears arise, gain popularity, and eventually wane. More
Maximalist finds lessons in the past that anticipate and clarify our chaotic present, revealing the history of U.S. foreign policy in an unexpected new light. More
Learn more about CFR’s mission and its work over the past year in the 2014 Annual Report. The Annual Report spotlights new initiatives, high-profile events, and authoritative scholarship from CFR experts, and includes a message from CFR President Richard N. Haass.
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