The first plenary session at the 61st Annual Asilomar Conference entitled Understanding the Post 9/11 World featured Michele Flournoy, Paul Hughes, Siegfried Hecker and was moderated by Jane Wales.
In the years since 9/11, the "War on Terror" has defined the Bush Administration's foreign policy. While no terrorist attacks have succeeded on US soil, many consider the global terrorist threat greater than ever. Critics also suggest that the emphasis on fighting terror has damaged American authority and leadership abroad.
Rethinking the "War on Terror" brought together some of the world's foremost experts who explored new foreign policy strategies. They critically examined military, political, social, and economic approaches, offering a roadmap to improve our security. The conference provided participants with a much better understanding of our foreign policy options and the ability to judge the ideas that our current and future leaders propose- World Affairs Council
Michèle Flournoy is the co-founder and CEO of the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) and a senior adviser at the Boston Consulting Group. Formerly the under secretary of defense for policy (2009-2012), she was the principal adviser to the secretary of defense in the formulation of national security and defense policy, oversight of military plans and operations, and in NSC deliberations. She led the development of Department of Defense’s new Strategic Guidance and represented the DoD in dozens of foreign engagements, in the media, and before Congress. Previously, she was senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and a distinguished research professor at the Institute for National Strategic Studies at the National Defense University. Flournoy has received several awards from the Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. She is a member of the Defense Policy Board, CFR, and the Aspen Strategy Group.
Dr. Siegfried Hecker
Emeritus Director of the Los Alamos National Laboratory; Visiting Professor, Center for International Security and Cooperation, Stanford University
Paul Hughes is a senior program officer in the Center for Post-Conflict Peace and Stability Operations where he led the Iraq Study Group's Military and Security Expert Working Group. Prior to joining USIP, he served as an active duty Army colonel and as the Army's senior military fellow to the Institute for National Security Studies of the National Defense University. As the director of national security policy on the Army staff he developed and provided policy guidance for the Army in numerous areas, such as arms control, weapons of mass destruction, missile defense, information operations, emerging nontraditional security issues, and crisis prediction.
Jane Wales is vice president of philanthropy and society at the Aspen Institute, president and CEO of the World Affairs Council, and founder of the Global Philanthropy Forum.
Previously, Wales was a special assistant to President Clinton, senior director of the National Security Council, and associate director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
She also chaired the international security programs at the Carnegie Corporation and the W. Alton Jones Foundation and directed the Project on World Security at the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.
Wales is the former national executive director of Physicians for Social Responsibility.