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Leadership and National Security Reform: The Next President's Agenda

Leadership and National Security Reform: The Next President's Agenda - Cover

Edited by Dr. Joseph R. Cerami, Dr. Robert H. Dorff, Lisa Moorman.

October 2008

61 Pages

Brief Synopsis

On March 20, 2008, the Bush School of Texas A&M University hosted a conference on “Leadership and National Security Reform: The Next President’s Agenda.” The participants examined the contemporary international environment and American national security policy for the next presidential administration. How threats, policies, and strategies have changed since 2001 and how the U.S., European, and other international security systems have responded to changing requirements were explored. The conference included a debate on the political parties international affairs positions and focused on three major themes: (1) In the post-9/11 world, what are the threats and challenges facing the next presidential administration? (2) What reforms are needed to the current national, European, and international security systems in terms of policy, institutions, and leadership? and (3) How can the next presidential administration affect change to improve U.S. and international security?


Professor Douglas C. Lovelace, Jr.


Panel: The Post-911 Security Challenges: Humanitarian, Homeland Security, and State-Building Issues—New Tricks and Old Dogs?

Learning from Failed States
Dr. Robin Dorff

Building Failed States
Mr. Richard McCall

European Views on Homeland Security
Mr. John Wilson

Terrorism and Peacekeeping
Dr. Volker C. Franke

Keynote Address: Leadership and the National Security Reform Agenda
The Honorable James R. Locher III

Debate: The Next President’s National Security Agenda
Moderator: Dr. Joseph R. Cerami

The 2008 Election: The Republican Party and National Security
Dr. Michael C. Desch

The 2008 Election: The Democratic Party and National Security
Dr. James M. Lindsay

Concluding Remarks
Dr. Joseph R. Cerami

About the Participants

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