In Hard Power, Kurt Campbell and Michael O'Hanlon explain how the Democrats lost credibility on issues of security and foreign policy, how they can get it back - and why they must. In this event at the Truman National Security Project, the authors introduce their book and discuss its themes.
In the past five years, national security has again become a political tool, a "wedge issue," a symbol of pride and fear. And yet the issue is often dominated by extremist ideology on one side and muted protest on the other - when what America desperately needs is a vigorous, intelligent two-party debate that will give rise to workable solutions. In this hard-hitting call to arms, two of the nation's top security experts show the way with a smart, tough approach and bold new ideas.- Truman National Security Project
Dr. Kurt M. Campbell
Dr. Kurt M. Campbell is Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs and formerly Henry A. Kissinger chair, senior vice president, and director of the International Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).
He is also the director of the Aspen Strategy Group and worked at the Pentagon during the Clinton and first Bush administrations. He lives in Washington, DC.
Executive Director, The Truman Project
Rachel Kleinfeld is the founder of the Truman Project. Rachel previously served as a Senior Consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton, where she worked on information-sharing across the military, intelligence, and law enforcement communities, homeland security, and trade and security issues. She has also been a consultant to the Center for Security and International Studies on biosecurity and bioterrorism response issues. Rachel is currently on the Board of Trustees for the Blue Fund, a progressive mutual fund.
Rachel maintains a strong interest in efforts to strengthen weak states through the rule of law, human rights, security, and development. She has consulted for numerous private, public, nonprofit, and international organizations regarding building strong police, judicial, and legal structures in weak states. She has also worked in India, Israel, and Eastern Europe for human rights, economic development, and rule of law building nonprofit organizations. Rachel's commentary has appeared in radio, television, and in multiple books, journals, and newspapers, including The Washington Post, the LA Times, and the Wall Street Journal.
A Rhodes Scholar and a Truman Scholar, Rachel received her B.A. from Yale University and her M. Phil in International Relations from St. Antony's College, Oxford.
Michael E. O'Hanlon
Michael E. O'Hanlon holds the Sydney Stein, Jr. chair and is a senior Fellow in Foreign Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution, where he has written books on defense strategy, arms control, and homeland security. He is the co-author of Crisis on the Korean Peninsula, and has contributed to numerous television programs and newspapers, including The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.