Inaugural Panel on Foundational Questions in National Security

September 11 -
 11, 2012

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September 11, 2012 | Michael Fitts Auditorium

Since 9/11, increasing pressures on national security, together with global changes in the nature of war, have posed serious threats to the preservation of rule of law values in American society. The U.S. has struggled continuously with the ethical and legal posture of detention and interrogation, the permissibility of kill or capture raids on suspected terrorists, the legitimate scope of secrecy in the exercise of executive privilege, the acceptable extent of state investigation into the lives of private citizens, the authority of international law relative to U.S. sovereign authority, and now the expansion of the tools of war to include novel methods such as Cyber attacks. The Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law is a new institute at Penn Law devoted to the preservation of rule of law values in the face of the foregoing types of challenges.

This program has been approved for 1 hour of substantive law credit and 1 hour of ethics credit for Pennsylvania lawyers. Credit may be available in other jurisdictions.  Attendees seeking credit should bring payment ($40 – cash or check payable to the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania). There is no charge for the event itself.

Featured Speakers

Ambassador Thomas Graham

Ambassador Thomas Graham, Jr. is currently Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of Lightbrige Corporation. As one of the leading authorities in the field of arms control agreements to combat the spread of nuclear, biological and chemical weapons, Ambassador Graham has served as a senior US diplomat involved in the negotiation of many of the major international arms control and non-proliferation agreement for the past 30 years, including The Strategic Arms Limitations Talks (SALT) Treaties, The Strategic Arms Reduction Talks (START) Treaties, the Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty, the Intermediate Nuclear Force (INF) Treaty, the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT), the Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE) Treaty, and the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT).

Ambassador Graham also has served as Chairman of the Lawyers Alliance for World Security. From 1994-1997, he served as the Special Representative of the President for Arms Control, Nonproliferation and Disarmament, appointed by President Clinton. He served for 15 years as the General Counsel of the US Arms Control and Disarmament Agency (ACDA).

Nadine Strossen

Nadine Strossen is currently a professor of law at New York University where she has written and lectured extensively in the areas of constitutional law, civil liberties and international human rights. More than 300 of Nadine Strossen’s writings have been published in scholarly and general interest publications.

From February 1991 to October 2008, Nadine Strossen severed as president of the American Civil Liberties Union . She was the first woman and the youngest person to ever lead the ACLU. She has been hailed as one of the most influential business leaders, women, or lawyers in such publications as the National Law Journal, Working Woman MagazineVanity Fair.

Ambassador Peter W. Galbraith

Ambassador Peter W. Galbraith is the Senior Diplomatic Fellow at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation where his work focuses on Iraq, the greater Middle East, conflict resolution and post-conflict reconstruction. Ambassador Galbraith has authored numerous books, including, most recently, The End of Iraq.

Prior to joining the Center, Ambassador Galbraith served as a senior advisor on Near East and South Asia and international organizations to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. From 1993 to 1998, he served as U.S. Ambassador to Croatia where he was actively involved in the Croatia and Bosnia peace processes. In 1995, he helped mediate the Erdut Agreement that ended the war in Croatia by providing for peaceful reintegration of Serb-held Eastern Slavonia into Croatia. From 2000 to 2001, Ambassador Galbraith served as Director for Political, Constitutional, and Electoral Affairs at the U.N. Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET). He also served as a Cabinet Member for Political Affairs and the Timor Sea in the First Transitional Government of East Timor.

David E. Sanger

David Sanger is the Chief Washington Correspondent for The New York Times. A 1982 graduate of Harvard College, Sanger has been writing for the Times for 30 years, covering foreign policy, globalization, nuclear proliferation, and the presidency.

David Sanger has been a member of two teams that won the Pulitzer Prize, and has been awarded numerous honors for national security and foreign policy coverage including the 2004 Weintal Prize for diplomatic reporting for his coverage of the Iraq and Korea crises. He is the author of two books: The Inheritance: The World Obama Confronts and the Challenges to American Power and Confront and Conceal: Obama’s Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power.

Background Readings

Peter W. Galbraith

A Conversation with Peter Galbraith About Iraq and State Building
“Unintended Consequences: How War in Iraq Strengthened America’s Enemies”

Ambassador Thomas Graham Jr.

“Nuclear Testing and Proliferation – An Inextricable Connection”
“Unending Crisis: National Security Policy After 9/11”

Professor Nadine Strossen

“American Exceptionalism, The War On Terror, and the Rule of Law in The Islamic World”
“The Regulation of Extremist Speech in the Era of Mass Digital” “Communications: Is Brandenburg Tolerance Obsolete in the Terrorist Era?”

David Sanger

Confront and Conceal
Obama Order Sped Up Wave of Cyberattacks Against Iran


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