9/11 Anniversary Speakers Weigh Future National Security Threats

Panel to Feature American University Washington College of Law Professors and Senior National Security Officials


Contact: Megan Smith, Public Relations Coordinator, 202-895-4537

WASHINGTON, September 1, 2011 -- American University Washington College of Law will host Ten Years After 9/11: The Changing Terrorist Threat, a program examining current national security law issues a decade after the September 11th terrorist attacks.

The event will take place on Sept. 8, 2011 from 12:00 to 2:30 p.m., and will feature Michael Leiter, former director of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), as keynote speaker. Leiter’s four years of experience working under both the Bush and Obama administrations has earned him recognition as a leader in analyzing and evaluating the threat that Al Qaeda and other terrorist groups pose to the U.S.

The program will also feature a panel of national security law experts, including two senior national security officials, Lisa Monaco, the new assistant attorney general for the National Security Division of the Department of Justice, and Ivan Fong, general counsel of the Department of Homeland Security. Washington College of Law professors Kenneth Anderson and Stephen Vladeck will also be featured panelists. Anderson has an extensive background in the law of armed conflict, while Vladeck was part of the legal team that successfully challenged the Bush Administration’s use of military tribunals at Guantánamo Bay, in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld. Both have written extensively on issues of national security and terrorism.

“Ten years after 9/11 the national security landscape continues to evolve,” says WCL Professor Daniel Marcus, former general counsel of the 9/11 Commission and moderator of the panel. “This event will be a thought-provoking discussion about the changing terrorist threat and the legal and policy challenges the nation faces in responding to that threat.”

The event is hosted by Washington College of Law’s Program on Law & Government and the American University National Security Law Brief. For more information or to register for the event, click here.

Media who wish to cover this event should contact Megan Smith, (202) 274-4276.

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