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Opening Reception: Counterterrorism Tools
7:00 pm, December 7, 2011
A special, private night at the International Spy Museum featuring former intelligence operatives demonstrating the newest counterterrorism technology.
(Justice Level and above* - by invitation only)

gary doerAn Intimate Evening with the Hon. Gary Doer, Canada’s Ambassador to the United States
December 8, 2011
Canada is an energy superpower whose resources are critical to U.S. energy security. As one of Washington’s strongest allies, and largest trading partners, Canada is vital in the war on terrorism. Canada has steadfastly defended Israel and applied pressure on Iran.

Join Ambassador Gary Doer, former CIA Director Amb. R. James Woolsey, and former National Security Advisor Robert “Bud” McFarlane, for a conversation on Canada’s importance to American energy security and what can be done to break oil’s monopoly in the transportation sector. Moderated by FDD President Cliff May.

Reception and dinner at the Canadian Embassy.
(Justice Level and above* - by invitation only)

*For more information about becoming an FDD supporter and gaining access to VIP opportunities, contact Kristen at or 202.403.2920.


About the Foundation for Defense of Democracies

FDD is a non-partisan institution focusing on national security and foreign policy. FDD was founded by a group of former U.S. officials and visionary philanthropists shortly after the attacks of September 11, 2001 to help free nations defend themselves.

FDD’s scholars represent a range of perspectives, but all agree:

  • No one should be denied basic human rights -- including freedom of religion, speech and assembly;
    no one should be discriminated against on the basis of gender, race, creed or color.
  • Free and democratic nations have a right to defend themselves and an obligation to defend one another.
  • Terrorism -- the deliberate use of violence against civilians to achieve political objectives -- is always wrong and should not be condoned.

FDD focuses its efforts where opinions are formed and decisions are made, providing cutting-edge research, investigative journalism and public education - transforming ideas into action and policy.

FDD holds events throughout the year, including the Leading Thinkers series, briefings on Capitol Hill, expert roundtables for public officials, diplomats and military officers, book releases, and panel discussions and debates within the policy community.

FDD is funded by private donors and foundations. We are grateful for your support. To learn more about supporting our work, please contact Kristen at or 202.403.2920.

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Washington Forum 2011 Honorary Committee:

Chair: Charles Bronfman
Kenneth Abramowitz • Mark and Paula Argosh • Paul and Jane Bishop
Adam Bronfman • Eric Dezenhall • Alvin Dworman • Diana and Michael Epstein
Eric Javits • Lothar and Carlyn Mayer • Charles Moed • David and Ruth Naftaly
Alan and Suzanne K. Peyser • Harry Ploss • Mark Pruzanski • Ken Schwartz
Dianne Sehler and The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation
Robert J. Shillman (“Doctor Bob”) • Jeff Solomon • Steven Stern • M. Ron Wahid

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For more information about FDD's Washington Forum, please contact or 202.250.6144