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Princeton Project on National Security
Project Launch

Conference Agenda - May 21-22, 2004
Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

Friday, May 21

9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Opening Session

Welcome by Anne-Marie Slaughter, Dean of the Woodrow Wilson School

Remarks by Henry A. Kissinger, Chairman and CEO, Kissinger Associates

9:45 a.m.– 11:00 a.m.
How has our national security strategy evolved since 1945, and what differences make a difference?

  • Commissioned paper presented
  • Identify the cornerstones of successive national security strategies
  • Map out the special issues included in the national security strategy over time
  • Discuss the constants and variables of an effective strategy

Richard K. Betts, Leo A. Shifrin Professor of War and Peace Studies, Columbia University

Lawrence J. Korb, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress, and Senior Advisor, Center for Defense Information

Paul L. Miles, Department of History, Princeton University

Moderator: G. John Ikenberry, Director, Mortara Center for International Affairs, Georgetown University

11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
How have global transitions/transformations affected our national security strategy?

  • Discuss how major shifts in world affairs have changed the way we think about national security over time
  • Discuss how basic assumptions underlying national security strategy have changed or evolved

John J. Mearsheimer, R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor, University of Chicago

Joseph S. Nye, Dean, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

George P. Shultz, Distinguished Fellow, Hoover Institution (by video-conference)

Moderator: Michael O’Hanlon, Senior Fellow and the Sydney Stein Jr. Chair, The Brookings Institution

12:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Remarks by Anthony Lake, Distinguished Professor in Practice of Diplomacy, Georgetown University

2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
From Grand Strategy to Implementation: practical lessons in framing national security issues

Former Directors of the Policy Planning Staff discuss their experiences in drafting and implementing national security strategy: What is politically and strategically sustainable? What should the issues be? How should conflicts between different components be handled?

Richard N. Haass, President, Council on Foreign Relations

Richard H. Solomon, President, United States Institute for Peace

James B. Steinberg, Vice President and Director of Foreign Policy Studies, The Brookings Institution

Moderator: Ambassador Robert Hutchings, Chairman, National Intelligence Council

4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Moderated Working Group Discussion
What have we heard? What do we need to explore further?

Don Oberdorfer, Journalist-in-Residence, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University

6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 22

9:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Plenary Panel followed by Moderated Breakout Sessions
Many Are Called, But Few Are Chosen: What issue groups are most relevant to our national security moving forward?

Participants to make the case for why particular, non-traditional issues should be included in the national security strategy

Public Diplomacy - Edward P. Djerejian, Founding Director, James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, Rice University

Global Health - Laurie Garrett, Senior Fellow in Global Health, Council on Foreign Relations

International Trade & Finance - Peter B. Kenen, Walker Professor of Economics and International Finance, The Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University

Post-Conflict Reconstruction - Robert C. Orr, Executive Director for Research, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

Environment - James Gustave Speth, Dean & Professor in the Practice of Sustainable Development, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

Democratization - Alfred Stepan, Wallace S. Sayre Professor of Government, Columbia University

Science & Technology - Frank N. von Hippel, Professor of Public and International Affairs, and Co-Director, Program on Science and Global Security, Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University

Moderator: G. John Ikenberry, Director, Mortara Center for International Affairs, Georgetown University

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Old and New Threats: Competition and Congruence

Discuss how new threats, challenges and approaches to national security relate to traditional national security imperatives. Is there room for both? How do we choose among them when they're in tension? Can they be aligned?

Ivo H. Daalder, Senior Fellow and the Sydney Stein, Jr. Chair in International Security, The Brookings Institution

Tod Lindberg, Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University and Editor, Policy Review

Moderator: Thomas J. Christensen, Professor of Politics & International Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University

1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Closing Lunch and Plenary Panel Discussion
Putting the Pieces Together: How do we grapple with the increasingly interconnected nature of the issues affecting national security?

  • Discuss cross-cutting themes and issues
  • Explore ways to cluster and prioritize issues
  • Concluding discussion to highlight findings/insights from the conference
  • Identify what other work is being done at think tanks and universities and how best to link into these efforts

Leslie H. Gelb, President Emeritus and Board Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations

Moderator: Anne-Marie Slaughter, Dean of the Woodrow Wilson School


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