WATCH LIVE: 2017 Texas National Security Forum

Sep 14, 2017

The Clements Center, Strauss Center, and Clements-Strauss Intelligence Studies Project are pleased to announce our fourth annual Texas National Security Forum. 

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This year's forum will convene leading figures from the executive branch, the intelligence community, and academia for high-level discussions on key alliances and partnerships in American national security. The forum will feature keynote remarks by The Honorable Michael Pompeo, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. We will also be joined by an array of experts for four panel discussions on defense, intelligence, diplomacy, and international financial policy. The full agenda can be viewed below. 

This year's forum is co-sponsored by the Texas National Security Network, Stratfor, and the LBJ School of Public Affairs.

NOTE: Registration is required to attend the Texas National Security Forum. Registration does not ensure admittance. Please arrive early to secure your seat.

STUDENTS: You must register to attend. However, at the door, any unclaimed seats will be given to UT Austin students who can produce a valid UT ID.



8:00 am – 8:30 am            
Arrival and Registration 
(Coffee/Tea/Light Breakfast served)
Session I

8:30 am – 8:45 am
Welcome by William Inboden, Executive Director of the Clements Center for National Security, and Robert Chesney, Director of the Robert Strauss Center for International Security and Law 
8:45 am – 10:00 am
Panel One: Defense Perspectives
Moderator: Aaron O’Connell, Clements Center and Department of History 

Lt. Gen. Douglas Lute, former United States Permanent Representative to NATO
Troy Thomas, former Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs on the National Security Council
Kori Schake, former Director for Defense Strategy on the National Security Council
Gen. Mark Welsh, former Chief of Staff of the Air Force
10:15 am – 10:30 am
Texas National Security Review

10:30 am – 11:45 am      
Panel Two: Intelligence Perspectives 
Moderator: Fred Burton, Chief Security Officer, Stratfor  
Leslie Ireland, former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Intelligence and Analysis
Marcel Lettre, former Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence
John McLaughlin, former Acting Director of Central Intelligence
David Shedd, former Acting Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency

Session II

11:45 am - 12:15 pm
(Box lunch for participants and registered guests)

12:15 pm – 1:30 pm 
Keynote Remarks by The Honorable Michael Pompeo, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency
Introduction by Dr. Gregory Fenves, President of The University of Texas at Austin
Discussion and audience questions moderated by Stephen Slick, Director of the Intelligence Studies Project

Session III

1:45 pm – 3:00 pm           
Panel Three: Diplomatic Perspectives 
Moderator: Amb. Greg Engle, Strauss Center  
Elliott Abrams, former Deputy National Security Advisor
Paula Dobriansky, former Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs
David Kramer, former Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor
3:15 pm – 4:30 pm                             
Panel Four: International Financial Policy 
Moderator: Robert Chesney, Strauss Center
Janice Gardner, former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Intelligence and Analysis
Richard Nephew, former Principal Deputy Coordinator for Sanctions Policy at the Department of State
Samantha Ravich, former Deputy National Security Advisor to the Vice President
Juan Zarate, former Deputy National Security Advisor
4:30 pm
Forum Adjourns