PUBLISHED:April 05, 2011

Experts explore current national security issues at conference, April 14-15

The protection of civil liberties and airport security are among the topics panel are discussing during a conference on national security issues April 14-15 at Duke University.

“National Security since 9/11: New Norms for a New Decade?" features several panelists and speakers, including:

  • Dr. Akram F. Khater, Associate Professor of Middle Eastern History at N.C. State University;
  • Benjamin Wittes, senior fellow, governance studies, Brookings Institute;
  • Dr. John Nagl, President of the Center for a New American Security and author of Learning to Eat Soup with a Knife: Counterinsurgency Lessons from Malaya and Vietnam (2002);
  • Brian Jenkins, senior adviser to the president at the RAND Corp., author of Will Terrorists Go Nuclear (2008).

The conference is open to the public, and registration is required before April 6. There is no registration fee to attend the conference, but there is a fee for those choosing to attend the conference meal programs.

The conference takes place at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business, 100 Fuqua Drive, on West Campus. Parking is available at the garage near the Bryan Center.

To register, or for more information, visit the conference website.

“These issues, which include indefinite detention of terrorists, information security, targeted killings, airport security, and the protection of privacy in the cyber era all illustrate the tensions between the needs of security in an era of asymmetrical threats and the preservation of civil liberties and other interests in a democratic society,” said Scott Silliman, director of Duke Law School’s Center on Law, Ethics and National Security. ”Additionally, dealing with these threats raises new and complicated challenges with respect to civil-military relations.”

The conference is sponsored by the Center on Law, Ethics and National Security and the Program in Public Law, in conjunction with Duke University’s Vice President and Vice Provost for Global Strategy and Programs and the Terry Sanford School of Public Policy.