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9/11—A Decade Later: Lessons for the Future

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9/11—A Decade Later: Lessons for the Future

Symposium, Thursday, September 8, 2011

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It has been a decade since the Sept. 11 attacks shocked and angered our nation. What lessons have we learned since then? Join us at a symposium, "Sept. 11—A Decade Later: Lessons for the Future," on September 8, in Washington, D.C. The program will feature three panel discussions, presenting a range of viewpoints.

Location and Details


  • National Press Club
    529 14th Street Northwest Washington, D.C. 20045

  • Doors Open
    12:15 PM

  • Upheavals in the Middle East: Assessing the Political Landscape
    1–2:05 PM
    What lessons can be drawn from the popular rebellions in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and elsewhere in the Arab-Islamic world? Will these uprisings lead to fundamental changes to the political landscape? Who stands to gain the most from these changes? What impact might they have for U.S. interests in the region?
    Panelists include: Yaron Brook, Efraim Karsh, Daniel Pipes and Walid Phares with Moderator Elan Journo.

  • The Islamist Threat: From AfPak to Jyllands-Posten and Times Square
    2:10–3:15 PM
    In the years since the attacks of 9/11, what have we learned about the nature of the enemy that struck that day? What have we learned from the U.S. response, under G.W. Bush and now Barack Obama, that should shape current and future policy? If a failure of pre-9/11 policy-thinking was to neglect 'connecting the dots,' what patterns or trends can be identified now about developments in the Middle East, Europe (such as the furor over cartoons of Mohammad) and North America?
    Panelists include: Peter Brookes, John David Lewis and Diana West with Moderator Elan Journo.

  • Iran, Israel and the West
    3:25–4:30 PM
    If—or when—Iran gains nuclear-weapons capability, what would be the impact on the region, on Israel, and on American interests? What lessons can be learned from America's policy toward Iran—not only in recent years, but going back to the emergence of the Islamist regime in Teheran? What policy options are available to the U.S. for responding to Iran and its Islamist affiliates?
    Panelists include: Elan Journo, Efraim Karsh, Clare Lopez and Michael Rubin with Moderator Yaron Brook.

  • Reception
    4:30–5 PM
    Light refreshment will be served.

Confirmed Panelists include:

  • Yaron Brook, President & Executive Director, Ayn Rand Institute
  • Peter Brookes, Senior Fellow for National Security Affairs, The Heritage Foundation
  • Elan Journo, Fellow & Director of Policy Research, Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights
  • Efraim Karsh, Director, Middle East Forum
  • John David Lewis, Visiting Associate Professor, Duke University
  • Clare Lopez, Senior Fellow, Center for Security Policy
  • Daniel Pipes, President, Middle East Forum
  • Walid Phares, Author and advisor to the US House of Representatives Caucus on Counter Terrorism
  • Michael Rubin, Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute
  • Diana West, author and syndicated columnist

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