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Princeton Project on National Security
Privatization of American National Security

Conference Agenda - October 9-10, 2004
Rohatyn Center for International Affairs, Middlebury, VT

Saturday, October 9

9:15 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Welcome by Allison Stanger, Director, Rohatyn Center for International Affairs, Middlebury College

9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Privatization in Historical and Comparative Perspective

  • What forces are pushing privatization?
  • What functions have been privatized and why?
  • Does privatizing security save money?
  • What is the extent and scope of privatization today?

Chair: William J. Dobson, Managing Editor, Foreign Policy

Peter Singer, National Security Fellow, The Brookings Institution

General Ed Soyster, Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Army

Allison Stanger, Director, Rohatyn Center for International Affairs, Middlebury College

Discussant: Peter Feaver, Director, Triangle Institute for Security Studies, Duke University

11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Privatization in the Context of Warfare, Post-War Reconstruction and Development

  • How effective are privatized efforts over the short and long term? (as compared to state efforts)
  • How should public and private efforts be coordinated?
  • How does the reconstruction of Iraq to date compare with previous nation-building endeavors?
  • Does privatization undermine military morale?
  • Can intelligence gathering be successfully out-sourced?

Chair: Gideon Rose, Managing Editor, Foreign Affairs

Christopher Beese, Chief Administrative Officer, ArmorGroup International Limited

John Hamre, President and CEO, Center for Strategic and International Studies

General William Odom, U.S. Army (Ret.)

Discussant: Doug Brooks, President, International Peace Operations Association

12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Privatization versus Non-Profit Delivery: Is it time to go back to government?

  • In advancing US interests, what is the optimal balance of power between NGOs, the government and private firms?
  • Do certain threats and challenges require both a public and private response?
  • To what degree are states yielding accountability to PMCs and other private entities?
  • Do PMCs encourage military adventurism?
  • What are the normative implications of privatizing security?

Chair: Nikolas Gvosdev, Executive Editor, The National Interest

Deborah Avant, Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, The Elliot School of International Affairs, The George Washington University

Kateri Carmola, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Middlebury College

Alex Knott, Political Editor, Center for Public Integrity

Charles MacCormack, President and CEO, Save the Children Federation, Inc.

Discussant: Andrew Moravcsik, Professor of Politics, Princeton University

3:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Beyond the Elections: America and the World

  • Is foreign policy by proxy a destabilizing force?
  • What kind of world order can be forged when privatized security is prevalent?
  • In what ways do modes of reconstruction reflect and build international order?
  • What are the costs and benefits of privatizing American national security?

Richard N. Cooper, Maurits C. Boas Professor of International Economics, Harvard University

Lee Feinstein, Deputy Director of Studies and Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations

G. John Ikenberry, Albert G. Milbank Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Princeton University

Felix Rohatyn, President, Rohatyn Associates

Moderator: Anne-Marie Slaughter, Dean of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University

6:30 p.m.
Reception at Basin Harbor Club

7:30 p.m.
Dinner at Basin Harbor Club

Sunday, October 10

11:30 a.m.
Presidential Inauguration, Middlebury College


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