National Security Challenges and the Obama Administration

April 9, 2010Duke Law News

LENS Conference
April 15-16, 2010

Sponsored by Duke Law's Center on Law, Ethics and National Security, Center for International and Comparative Law, and Program in Public Law, with generous support from Duke University's Vice Provost for International Affairs and Development, and the Terry Sanford School of Public Policy

All panel sessions will be held in Geneen Auditorium in the Fuqua School of Business; all meals will be in the R. David Thomas Center

Now in its second year, the Obama administration continues to be confronted with difficult national security issues. The January 2010 deadline for closing the Guantánamo Bay detention facility was not met and there is an ongoing debate over what to do with the detainees and which forum should be used to prosecute those for whom there is some evidence of criminality. The administration is also dealing with complex legal and policy issues with regard to targeted killings in countries where al-Qaeda and other terrorists have taken refuge, and an increasing number of instances where our government and private sector computer systems have been vulnerable to hacking, possibly by foreign governments. Using a format of six panels and three keynote speakers, our conference will be examining these and a number of other security issues facing the administration. To do this, we have assembled a prestigious group of scholars, policymakers and commentators who will take an interdisciplinary approach to all these issues from both a legal and a policy perspective.

National Security Challenges and the Obama Administration

Thursday, April 15th

Opening Comments

Scott L. Silliman
Professor of the Practice of Law and Executive Director, Center on Law, Ethics and National Security, Duke University

Panel I: Dealing with Radicalization

David H. Schanzer, Chair
Associate Professor of the Practice for Public Policy, Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University; Director, Triangle Center of Terrorism and Homeland Security

Daniel Kimmage
Independent Consultant and Senior Fellow, Homeland Security Policy Institute

Charles Kurzman
Professor of Sociology, University of North Carolina

Robert Leiken
Director, Immigration and National Security Program, The Nixon Center

Panel II: Cyber Security and Cyber Warfare

Spike Bowman, Chair
Distinguished Fellow, Center for National Security Law, University of Virginia

Kim Taipale
Founder and Executive Director, Center for Advanced Students in Science and Technology Policy

Paul Rosenzweig
Red Branch Consulting PLLC

Brad Bleier*
Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation

Keynote Address

Honorable Jeh Johnson
General Counsel, U.S. Department of Defense

Panel III: Prosecuting Alleged Terrorists in Federal District Courts and Military Commissions

Scott L. Silliman, Chair
Professor of the Practice of Law and Executive Director, Center on Law, Ethics and National Security, Duke University

Deborah Pearlstein
Visiting Scholar, Program in Law and Public Affairs, Princeton University

Mary V. Perry
Office of the General Counsel, U.S. Department of Defense

Michael Noone
Research Professor, Columbus School of Law, The Catholic University of America

Keynote Address

His Excellency Aziz Mekouar
Ambassador, Kingdom of Morocco to the United States

Friday, April 16th

Panel IV: Terrorism and the Use of Force

Noah Weisbord, Chair
Visiting Assistant Professor of Law, Duke University

Michael Glennon
Professor of International Law, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University

Payam Akhavan
Associate Professor of Law, McGill University Faculty of Law

William C. Banks
Board of Advisors, Distinguished Professor Law, Syracuse University

Panel V: Public Diplomacy: Public Diplomacy: Terrorism and International Human Rights

Laurence R. Helfer, Chair
Harry R. Chadwick, Sr. Professor of Law, Duke University

Douglass Cassel
Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Civil and Human Rights, University of Notre Dame

Vijay Padmanabhan
Visiting Associate Professor of Law, Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University

Edward J. Flynn
Senior Human Rights Officer, Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee United Nations

Keynote Address

Honorable Robert S. Litt
General Counsel, Office of the Director of National Intelligence

Panel VI: Environmental Changes and National Security

Ryke Longest, Chair
Senior Lecturing Fellow and Director of the Environmental Law and Policy Clinic, Duke University

Stephen Dycus
Professor of Law, Vermont Law School

John S. Applegate
Professor of Law, Indiana University Maurer School of Law

Colonel Thomas F. Zimmerman, USAF
Chief, Environmental Law and Litigation Division, Office of the Judge Advocate General, United States Air Force