The Edge of Disaster: Rebuilding a Resilient Nation
5:30 - 6:00 p.m. Reception
6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Meeting
7:00 - 7:30 p.m. Cocktail Reception & Book Signing
Laurie Garrett, senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations, explores the lasting impact of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and the anthrax attacks that followed on disaster preparedness and health policy in the United States. Garrett argues that "all our readiness response depends on well-funded police, well-funded fire departments, well-funded hospitals, well-funded public health infrastructures, and precisely the opposite is where we are going right now." Garrett cautions that U.S. preparedness for a major terrorist attack may be decreasing. "As budgets are being cut at the federal level, the state level, and the local level, we're actually less ready than we were in 2001," Garrett says.
Philip Zelikow, former executive director of the 9/11 Commission Report, explores the findings of the report and presses the need to hold trials for the 9/11 conspirators.
This session was part of a CFR symposium, 9/11: Ten Years Later, which was made possible by the generous support of Shelby Cullom and Kathryn W. Davis.