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CNAS Fifth Annual Conference, "Risk and Reward: American Security in an Age of Uncertainty"

Jun 2, 2011
9:00am to 7:30pm ET

The Willard InterContinental Hotel
Washington, DC

The Center for a New American Security's (CNAS) fifth annual conference, "Risk and Reward: American Security in an Age of Uncertainty," took place in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, June 2, 2011.

Download the conference program, watch the videos and read the transcripts online.

The CNAS fifth annual conference featured timely discussions with senior national security experts on Afghanistan, Pakistan and Al Qaeda; revolution in the Middle East; cyberwar and cybersecurity; and cooperation and competition in China and the Asia Pacific. The conference also marked the release of five new CNAS publications: America’s Cyber Future: Security and Prosperity in the Information Age; Beyond Afghanistan: A Regional Security Strategy for South and Central Asia; Internet Freedom: A Foreign Policy Imperative in the Digital Age; Elements of Security: Mitigating the Risks of U.S. Dependence on Critical Minerals; and Upheaval: U.S. Policy Toward Iran in a Changing Middle East.

Speakers and participants included: Lieutenant General David M.  Rodriguez, USA, Commander of International Security Assistance Force Joint Command & Deputy Commander, U.S. Forces Afghanistan; Ambassador Anne Patterson, former U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan; Rand Beers, Under Secretary for the National Protection and Programs Directorate at the Department of Homeland Security; Admiral Patrick Walsh, Commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet; David Sanger, Chief Washington Correspondent for The New York Times; Bing West, author of The Wrong War; Colin Kahl, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for the Middle East; Max Kelly, former Chief Security Officer at Facebook; Rajiv Chandrasekaran, Associate Editor at The Washington Post; Ellen Nakashima, National News Reporter at The Washington Post; Steve Coll, President of the New America Foundation; Shadi Hamid, Director of Research at the Brookings Doha Center; Karen House, Former Publisher of The Wall Street Journal; Robert Butler, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Cyber Policy; Douglas Paal, Vice President for Studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; Bernard Cole, Professor of International History at the National War College; and Jake Sullivan, Director of Policy Planning at the U.S. State Department; several CNAS experts including Nathaniel Fick, John Nagl, Kristin Lord, LTG David Barno, USA (Ret.), Patrick Cronin, Richard Fontaine, Robert Kaplan, Thomas Ricks, Nora Bensahel, Christine Parthemore, Andrew Exum, and more.


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