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National Security Challenges and the Obama Administration

April 15-16, 2010

Duke University
Durham, North Carolina

To view streaming videos of the Conference sessions, click on the Conference Program link to the right (requires RealPlayer).

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      all of Duke University School of Law

with the generous support of

All panel sessions will be held in Geneen Auditorium in the Fuqua School of Business; all meals will be in the R. David Thomas Center

Now in its second year, the Obama administration continues to be confronted with difficult national security issues. The January 2010 deadline for closing the Guantánamo Bay detention facility was not met and there is an ongoing debate over what to do with the detainees and which forum should be used to prosecute those for whom there is some evidence of criminality. The administration is also dealing with complex legal and policy issues with regard to targeted killings in countries where al-Qaeda and other terrorists have taken refuge, and an increasing number of instances where our government and private sector computer systems have been vulnerable to hacking, possibly by foreign governments. Using a format of six panels and three meal speakers, our conference will be examining these and a number of other security issues facing the administration. To do 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.

Download the Announcement from Prof. Silliman (pdf)