Wednesday, October, 10, 2012

Election 2012, AEI/CNAS/New America, Washington DC

With the country’s fiscal challenges at the center of the national conversation, little attention has been focused on the candidates’ national security policies. With less than a month remaining in the campaign season, join the Center for a New American Security, the American Enterprise Institute, and the New America Foundation for a debate between top-level surrogates of the Obama and Romney presidential campaigns. Dov S. Zakheim, Special Advisor on Foreign Policy and National Security for the Romney campaign, will join Richard Verma, member of the National Security Advisory Committee for the Obama campaign, to discuss the defense and foreign policy agendas of the two candidates.

This is the sixth in a series of events that continues a unique collaboration among these institutions during the U.S. presidential campaign season. Past conversations have covered the U.S. role in the world, the U.S. national security budget and U.S. policy in East Asia and the Middle East.

Willard InterContinental Hotel
Grand Ballroom
1401 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC.

Wednesday, October 10
1:00-2:30 p.m.
Registration and lunch will begin at 12:30 p.m.

Please click here to RSVP.

Featured Speakers

Richard Verma
Member, National Security Advisory Committee, Obama Campaign

Dov S. Zakheim
Special Adviser on Foreign Policy and National Security, Romney Campaign

Thomas Donnelly
Resident Fellow and Co-Director of the Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies, American Enterprise Institute

Richard Fontaine
President, Center for a New American Security

Peter Bergen
Director, National Security Studies Program, New America Foundation

This event will be webcast live at CNN.com/opinion. On Twitter? Follow this event @CNASdc and use #natsecurity2012.

About the Series:
This fall’s presidential election comes at a critical moment for the United States and the world. The demands for U.S. leadership are substantial–particularly in the dynamic Middle East and Asia-Pacific–yet fiscal challenges are forcing reductions in defense spending, sparking new thinking about American engagement with the world. In this important election season, many Americans will look to the next U.S. president to repair the economy, but he will nonetheless inherit complicated military and diplomatic engagements and govern as commander-in-chief of the globe’s most powerful nation. As a result, the discussion of national security issues must take a central role in the 2012 presidential election.

This event is the fifth in a series of campaign-season seminars on the critical issues of U.S. foreign and defense policy, sponsored by AEI, the Center for a New American Security and the New America Foundation.