Special You are Invited – In Search of a National Security Narrative for the 21st Century

In Search of a National Security Narrative for the 21st Century

Thomas Friedman, Pulitzer-prize winning columnist, The New York Times, (moderator); Steve Clemons, Founder, American Strategy Forum, New America Foundation; Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), U.S. House of Representatives; Robert Kagan, Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution, former State Department Policy Planning Officer; Brent Scowcroft, President of the Scowcroft Group, former U.S. National Security Advisor; Anne Marie Slaughter, Princeton Professor and former Director of Policy Planning, U.S. Department of State

April 8, 2011; 12pm – 1:30pm

6th Floor Auditorium

The live webcast has concluded.  To view an archived video of this event plese click here.

From uprisings in the Arab world to troubled economies around the globe, challenges to America’s role in the global community have seldom been greater or more complex. And with economic woes at home and our military capacity stretched thin through involvement in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya, many are left wondering about our ability to respond and adapt to a rapidly changing world. At a time when national unity around a shared vision is lacking, there is a growing belief that a new national security narrative must emerge that defines the role of the U.S. in global affairs for a new century. But can we achieve such a national consensus in this era of hyper-partisanship? A possible answer comes in the form of an anonymous “white paper.” Two US military officers have written an essay describing a vision for the missing narrative under the authorship of “Mr. Y.” Join our panel as it discusses the ideas contained in this provocative paper from an unexpected source. Is this the blueprint for the narrative we seek?

The National Conversation at the Woodrow Wilson Center is our newest initiative. The series will provide a safe political space for deep dialogue and informed discussion of the most significant problems and challenges facing the nation and the world. Nonpartisan and civil, The National Conversation will provide the level of discourse the nation deserves through thoughtful and challenging explorations of vital issues.

Posted by: PAGE Staff

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