The National Conversation--9/11: The Next Ten Years

September 12, 2011 // 12:00pm1:30pm

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With the imminent fall of the Libyan regime and enormous changes taking place across the Arab world, the national security landscape has dramatically altered.

But the protestors in Tahrir Square or in Tunis did not wave banners hailing Osama bin Laden or Ayman al-Zawahiri—instead, they rejected their autocratic governments. Will these newfound voices also help in rejecting Muslim extremism and other violent ideologies? What will the next ten years bring? Will terrorism still be the overarching threat it has been since 9/11? It is clear that America must rethink its strategies for countering the threat of terrorism going forward.

To discuss these issues, The Wilson Center brings together top experts from Congress, the intelligence community, the media, and academia in an event moderated by the Washington Post's David Ignatius to examine how the threat is changing and how homeland security, military, and intelligence strategies should evolve to deal with it.

The National Conversation at The Wilson Center, a recent initiative, provides 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 provides the level of discourse the nation deserves through thoughtful and challenging explorations of vital issues.

After the event, dialogue host John Milewski caught up with three of the panelists for follow-up interviews about how the security threat has evolved in the last ten years, where we are on preparedness, and the effect partisanship has on intelligence. Watch brief clips with Bruce Hoffman, Michael Leiter, and Rep. Michael Rogers (R-Mich.) below.

Bruce Hoffman on the evolving security threat:

Michael Leiter on preparedness:

Rep. Michael Rogers (R-Mich.) on partisanship and intelligence:

Over the past ten years, The Wilson Center has convened a careful, reasoned dialogue about the many critical issues and questions raised by the attacks on September 11, and its experts have contributed to the discourse in articles, live interviews, and panel discussions. Here is a selection of The Wilson Center's decade of scholarship surrounding 9/11.

U.S. National Security and Foreign Policy

Global Security

Immigration and Borders

Religion and Culture

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Event Speakers List: 
  • Former Director, National Counterterrorism Center
  • Bruce Hoffman // Global Fellow
    Professor, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, and Director, Center for Security Studies, Georgetown University
  • Managing Director of Zogby Research Services, Author of Arab Voices, and founder and President of the Arab American Institute
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  • Zbigniew Brzezinski
    Former National Security Adviser
  • Susan Collins (R-ME)
    United States Senator
  • Michael Chertoff
    Former Secretary of Homeland Security
  • Thomas Friedman
    Columnist New York Times
  • Carlos Gutierrez
    Former Secretary of Commerce
  • Dr. Henry Kissinger
    Former Secretary of State
  • General Stanley McChrystal
    Former Commander of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan
  • Brent Scowcroft
    Former US National Security Adviser
  • Anne-Marie Slaughter
    Former Director of Policy Planning, US Department of State
  • James Zogby
    Founder and President of the Arab American Institute, Washington, D.C.

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