Wednesday, October, 19, 2016

The Next President’s Fight Against Terror, ASU and New America, DC

The Next President’s Fight Against Terror



October 19, 2016

8:30 am – 3:45 pm


New America

740 15th St NW #900

Washington, D.C. 20005

McCain ASU

On Wednesday, October 19, Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, New America, and The McCain Institute for International Leadership will host a one-day conference on international rule of law and counterterrorism.

The event  will feature scholars, practitioners, and former senior government officials who will explore whether U.S. counterterrorism policies and activities are consistent with the rule of law, how other countries are affected by these policies and efforts, and their impact on the United States’ ability to help strengthen legal systems around the world. Throughout the day, speakers and panelists will discuss recommendations for counterterrorism policies for the next administration. Please register here.

Follow the conversation on Twitter with #RuleofLaw and @ASU_ROLG@NewAmerica, and @McCainInstitute.


8:30 – 9:00 am: Breakfast and registration

9:00 – 9:30 am: Opening remarks

Anne-Marie Slaughter

President and CEO, New America

Ambassador Kurt Volker
Executive Director, McCain Institute for International Leadership

Jack Goldsmith
Henry L. Shattuck Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
Barry Goldwater Visiting Chair of American Institutions, Arizona State University

9:30 – 10:15 am: President Obama’s National Security Legacy

Dr. Andrew J. Bacevich
Professor Emeritus, International Relations and History, Boston University

10:15 – 10:30 am: Coffee Break

10:30 – 11:50 am: Rule of Law Foundations for U.S. Counterterrorism Policies

Moderator: Jack Goldsmith


Peter Bergen
Director, New America’s International Security Program
Professor of Practice, Arizona State University

Hina Shamsi
Director, National Security Project, American Civil Liberties Union

Benjamin Wittes
Senior Fellow in Governance Studies, The Brookings Institution

12:00 – 1:00 pm: Lunch and Conversation


Ambassador Clint Williamson
Distinguished Professor of Practice, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State UniversitySenior Director for Global Rule of Law, Governance, and Security, McCain Institute for International Leadership


Mary B. DeRosa
Distinguished Visitor from Practice and Co-Director, Global Law Scholars Program, Georgetown Law
Former Legal Advisor, National Security Council

1:00 – 1:10 pm: Coffee Break

1:10 – 2:30 pm: Local Effects of Global Counterterrorism Policies


Julia Fromholz
Director and Professor of Practice, Rule of Law & Governance Program, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University


Dr. Aykan Erdemir
Senior Fellow, Foundation for Defense for Democracies
Former Member of the Turkish Parliament (2011-2015)

Dr. Nancy Okail
Executive Director, Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy

Raza Ahmad Rumi
Scholar in Residence, School of Humanities and Sciences, Ithaca College

2:30 – 2:45 pm: Break

2:45 – 3:30pm: How Warfare Became Both More Humane and Harder to End

Samuel Moyn
Jeremiah Smith, Jr. Professor of Law and Professor of History, Harvard University

3:30 – 3:45 pm: Closing remarks

Douglas J. Sylvester
Dean and Professor of Law, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University