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2015 SCHEDULE

 

April 15, 2015

9:00 am – 9:10am: Opening Remarks by Clifford D. May, President of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies

9:10 am – 10:10 am: America: Actor or Spectator?

  • Reuel Marc Gerecht, Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies
  • Bret Stephens, foreign-affairs columnist and deputy editorial page editor for The Wall Street Journal, and Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist
  • Michele Flournoy, former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy
  • Moderator: Jackson Diehl deputy editorial page editor of The Washington Post

10:10 am – 10:45 am: Presentation of the George P. Shultz Award for Distinguished Service

  • Conversation with Andrew Marshall, four-decade director of the Pentagon’s “internal think tank,” the Office of Net Assessment.
  • Introductory Remarks by Andrew D. May, Office of Net Assessment
  • Moderator: Samantha Ravich, FDD CSIF board member and former Deputy National Security Advisor to the Vice President

10:45 am – 11:35 am: Are We Still Fighting a War on Terrorism?

  • Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies
  • Mary Beth Long, former Assistant Secretary of Defense
  • Matt Olsen, former Director of the National Counterterrorism Center
  • Fran Townsend, former Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism
  • Moderator: Juan Zarate, former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury and former Deputy Assistant to the President

11:35 am – 12:00 pm: Presentation of the Alberto Nisman Award for Courage

  • Remarks by Robert Morgenthau, former New York County District Attorney
  • Introductory Remarks by Toby Dershowitz, Vice President for Government Relations and Strategy, Foundation for Defense of Democracies

12:00 pm – 12:20 pm: Lunch

12:20 pm – 1:00 pm: Lunch and Presentation of the Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Statesmanship Award

  • Rep. Ted Deutch, Ranking Member, House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa
  • Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Chairman, House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa
  • Moderator: Jonathan Schanzer, Vice President for Research at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies

1:00 pm – 1:50 pm: The Jihadi Threat to Minorities in the Middle East

  • Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman, Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Representative to the United States
  • The Honorable Irwin Cotler, Member of the Canadian Parliament
  • Tony Badran, Research Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies
  • Brian Katulis, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress
  • Moderator: John Hannah, senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies

1:50 pm – 2:40 pm: Can the Media Cover Jihadists and Islamists Without Fear or Favor?

  • Dexter Filkins, The New Yorker staff writer; Pulitzer-Prize winner and recipient of two George Polk Awards
  • Jamie Dettmer, journalist and broadcaster for The Daily Beast and Voice of America, who has reported from inside Syria, Libya, Iraq, Lebanon, Egypt and Turkey
  • Nazila Fathi, former Iranian correspondent for The New York Times, who was forced to flee the country in 2009 during the height of the Green Revolution
  • Moderator: Clifford D. May, President of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies

2:40 pm – 3:40 pm: Red Lines and Deadlines: The Threat of a Nuclear Iran

  • Elliott Abrams, Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
  • Mark Dubowitz, Executive Director, Foundation for Defense of Democracies
  • Reuel Marc Gerecht, Senior Fellow, Foundation for Defense of Democracies
  • Jeffrey Goldberg, National Correspondent, The Atlantic
3:40 pm – 3:45pm: Closing Remarks by Mark Dubowitz, Executive Director, Foundation for Defense of Democracies