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US National Security Strategy: Finding the Right Balance

Conference Program

Video of conference proceedings: Panel 1 | Panel 2 | Luncheon | Panel 3 | Dinner | Panel 4 | Panel 5 | Keynote | Panel 6

March 1, 2006

Dear Colleague:

The Center on Law, Ethics and National Security and the Program in Public Law at Duke University School of Law, in conjunction with several other departments and organizations within the University, will sponsor a major conference at Duke on April 20 and 21 , 2006, entitled "US National Security Strategy: Finding the Right Balance". It will be held at the Thomas Center and Geneen Auditorium in the Fuqua School of Business. A copy of the conference program is attached and we cordially invite you to attend.

Ever since the horrendous terrorist attacks of 4� years ago, there has been a continuing debate in this country about how best to defend against further acts of terrorism. That debate necessarily involves both domestic and international considerations, and our conference will be examining a number of specific issues with regard to finding the right balance in our national security strategy. On our first day, we will be looking at the current American presence and involvement in Iraq and analyzing what that should be in the years to come. We will also be probing the various legal and policy concerns as to privatization of traditional military functions such as security and even intelligence gathering. We will then step back to take a broader view of how our overall US foreign policy should be shaped for the next decade. On our second day, we will start out by focusing our attention on the critical issue of defending this country’s infrastructure, and we will then shift to the continuing debate over balancing national security concerns with civil liberties. Our final panel of the day, and the conference, will look at what the role of the media should be in the war against terrorism. We will also have three keynote addresses during the conference which will focus on specific and current issues within the overall context of our national security strategy. To do all this, we have assembled a prestigious group of scholars, policymakers and commentators who will take an interdisciplinary approach to all these issues from both a legal and a policy perspective.

As noted above, the conference will be held on the Duke University West Campus in Durham, North Carolina. The panel sessions will be held in the Geneen Auditorium of the Fuqua School of Business, while all meals will be served in the R. David Thomas Executive Conference Center which is immediately adjacent to the School of Business. A block of rooms has been reserved for conferees in the Thomas Center itself, but you must make your reservation by calling the Center (919) 660-6400 as soon as possible since space is limited. The single/double room group rate for these rooms at the Thomas Center is $145.00 plus tax, which includes a full hot breakfast each morning. When you call there Duke University School of Law, Box 90358, Durham, North Carolina 27708-0358 Telephone (919) 613-7137 Facsimile (919) 613-7231 E-mail: Website: for accommodations, please advise the Reservation Office that you are a part of the LENS Conference Room Block to receive the group rate. If you choose not to stay at the Thomas Center, or if rooms there are no longer available, other hotels and motels, conveniently located to campus, are available in the area. We will try to assist you in finding lodging as best we can. Making your reservation and guaranteeing late arrival, if necessary, however, will be your responsibility.

Although there is no registration fee to attend the conference, the cost for the conference meals, for those attending, is $25.00 for each of the two luncheons and $45.00 for the Thursday evening reception and dinner. Checks are to be made payable to "Duke Law LENS" and returned with the completed registration form by April 14th. In the event you should find it necessary to cancel your meal reservations, a refund will be provided if notice of cancellation in writing is received at the Center by April 18th.

I hope to see you here at Duke in April for this important conference.



Executive Director