Wednesday, September, 19, 2012

Election 2012 and Honors Lecture Series: Peter Bergen, Phoenix, Arizona

6:00 PM

On Wednesday, September 19, join the American Enterprise Institute, the Center for a New American Security, and the New America Foundation for a debate between top-level surrogates of the Obama and Romney presidential campaigns. Dov S. Zakheim, Special Adviser on Foreign Policy and National Security for the Romney campaign, will join Janine Davidson, Advisor on National Security Issues for the Obama Campaign, to discuss the defense and foreign policy agendas of the two candidates. The event will be hosted by Arizona State University.

This is the fifth 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.

6:00 – 7:30 p.m., September  19, 2012
Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building
Arizona State University

781 E. Terrace Rd.
Tempe, AZ  85287

CNN will livestream this event on the Opinion page. On Twitter? Follow#natsecurity2012 for updates throughout the series.

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.


Introductory Remarks
Michael Crow
President, Arizona State University

Featured Speakers
Janine Davidson 
Advisor on National Security Issues, 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


Honors Lecture Series: Peter Bergen

September 19, 2012 3:00 pm
September 19, 2012 4:00 pm
Free – Registration Required
Barrett Events Office
August 28, 2012
BHC – Cottonwood 101/103
Tempe, AZ, United States

To register for this event, please use the online registration form.

“Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden”
Peter Bergen

National security analyst, CNN
Director of the National Security Studies Program, New America Foundation
Research Fellow, Center on Law and Security, New York University

Author and journalist Peter Bergen recounts the pursuit of Osama bin Laden, the twilight of al-Qaeda, and a transformative decade in American history.

Roughly a decade after Sept. 11, 2001, Americans celebrated the news that the mastermind behind the terrorist attacks had been found and killed during a raid on his home in Pakistan. Now, one year after Osama bin Laden’s death, Peter Bergen describes the raid with riveting detail in his fourth book on bin Laden, MANHUNT: The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden from 9/11 to Abbottabad.

But the killing of bin Laden is only one element of a decade-long story – Where did he hide after the 9/11 attacks, and how did he evade capture? How did the SEALs prepare for Operation Neptune Spear? Why did President Obama decide to proceed with the raid despite the recommendations of two of his top three advisors that he not do so?

Come hear Peter Bergen discuss bin Laden’s life and eventual death, as well as America’s decade-long hunt to bring him to justice.