PUBLISHED:March 06, 2008

Combating Terrorism: Charting the Course for a New Administration

March 28, 2008 -- A conference at Duke University April 10-11 will explore strategies the new presidential administration can employ to effectively confront terrorism.

“Combating Terrorism: Charting the Course for a New Administration” is sponsored by the Center on Law, Ethics and National Security (LENS), the Center for International and Comparative Law and the Program in Public Law at Duke Law School. It will be held at the Thomas Center and Geneen Auditorium in the Fuqua School of Business on Duke’s West Campus.

The conference will bring together experts from the top levels of the military, intelligence, diplomatic, legal and academic communities, including keynote speakers Samir Sumaida’ie, Iraqi ambassador to the United States, and Paul Rosenzweig, deputy assistant secretary for policy in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Participants will engage in a series of roundtable discussions to address topics such as shaping U.S. foreign policy to effectively combat terrorism; the role of the international community in combating terrorism; the prosecution of alleged terrorists in federal courts; the “extraordinary rendition” of alleged terrorists; domestic spying; and the accountability of private military contractors.

“The national election is just months away and regardless of which party wins, there will be a new administration in the White House and, perhaps, shifts in the balance of political power on Capitol Hill,” said Scott Silliman, executive director of LENS and the principal organizer of the conference. “Whether the new administration should stay the course or shift away from the Bush administration’s strategy for combating terrorism, both here and abroad, will be a central issue for the presidential campaign and beyond.”

In addition to the keynote speeches, Duke University public policy scholars and political scientists Peter D. Feaver and Bruce W. Jentleson will debate how best to shape U.S. foreign policy for the continuing war on terrorism.

Feaver and Jentleson have co-directed a research project funded by the Carnegie Corporation called “Wielding American Power: Managing Interventions after September 11.” Feaver recently worked as the special Adviser for strategic planning and institutional reform on the National Security Council staff at the White House. Jentleson’s forthcoming book is “After Bush: Getting Global Leadership Right; First Principles: Force and Diplomacy in the Contemporary Era.”

This conference is open to the public. All panel discussions will be held in Geneen Auditorium and are free. Keynote speeches will take place over meals at the Thomas Center for which there is a charge ― $25.00 for each luncheon and $45.00 for the April 10 reception and dinner. A reduced rate is available for full-time students. Pre-registration for all sessions is required by April 4.

The full conference schedule and registration information are available online.