Foreign Affairs LIVE: New Challenges in Intelligence and Security

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5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.: Check-in and networking

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.: Foreign Affairs LIVE: New Challenges in Intelligence and National Security
Michael Chertoff, Former Secretary of Homeland Security; Executive Chairman and Co-Founder, The Chertoff Group
Jane Harman, Former Congressional representative (D-CA); President, the Woodrow Wilson Center 
John D. Negroponte, Former Ambassador to the UN; Director of National Intelligence; and Deputy Secretary of State 
Moderator: Gideon Rose, Editor, Foreign Affairs

7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.: Reception



Michael Chertoff concentrates in the area of White Collar Defense and Investigations.  In recent years, he has handled a series of federal investigations, including complex criminal and civil regulatory matters.  He has advised major clients on SEC and Justice Department investigations and successfully served as the independent monitor of a major national healthcare company under criminal and civil investigation.

In addition to his legal work, Mr. Chertoff is Founder and Chairman of The Chertoff Group, a security and risk management firm, where he provides high-level strategic counsel to corporate and government leaders on a broad range of security issues, from risk identification and prevention to preparedness, response and recovery.

In April of 2012, Mr. Chertoff was elected as the new Chairman of the Board of Directors of BAE Systems, Inc.  He also sits on the board of directors or board of advisors of a number of companies and nonprofits. 

Previously, Mr. Chertoff served as Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.  As Secretary, he led a 218,000 person department with a budget of $50 billion.  Mr. Chertoff developed and implemented border security and immigration policy; promulgated homeland security regulations; and spearheaded a national cyber security strategy.  He also served periodically on the National Security Council and the Homeland Security Council, and on the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States.

Prior to his appointment to the Cabinet, Mr. Chertoff served from 2003 to 2005 on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.  Before becoming a federal judge, Mr. Chertoff was the Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.  In that position, he oversaw the investigation of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and formed the Enron Task Force, which produced more than 20 convictions, including those of CEOs Jeffrey Skilling and Kenneth Lay.

Mr. Chertoff’s career includes more than a decade as a federal prosecutor, including service as U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey, First Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey, and Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.  As a federal prosecutor, Mr. Chertoff investigated and personally prosecuted significant cases of political corruption, organized crime, and corporate fraud.

From 1994-2001, Mr. Chertoff represented major corporations and individuals in numerous white collar investigations and trials.  Among other matters, he successfully represented the nation’s largest hospital company in a four year, multi-jurisdictional criminal and civil investigation, represented major corporations in corruption scandals, and obtained acquittals at trial for individual criminal defendants.

Mr. Chertoff has received numerous awards including the Department of Justice Henry E. Petersen Memorial Award (2006); the Department of Justice John Marshall Award for Trial of Litigation (1987); NAACP Benjamin L. Hooks Award for Distinguished Service (2007); European Institute Transatlantic Leadership Award (2008); and two honorary doctorates.  His trial experiences have been featured in over half a dozen books and many news articles.


Jane Harman resigned from Congress February 28, 2011 to join the Woodrow Wilson Center as its first female Director, President and CEO. 

Representing the aerospace center of California during nine terms in Congress, she served on all the major security committees: six years on Armed Services, eight years on Intelligence, and eight on Homeland Security.  During her long public career, Harman has been recognized as a national expert at the nexus of security and public policy issues, and has received numerous awards for distinguished service.
She is a member of the Defense Policy Board, the State Department Foreign Policy Board, and the Homeland Security Advisory Committee.  She also serves on the Executive Committee of the Trilateral Commission and the Advisory Board of the Munich Security Conference. 

Harman is a Trustee of the Aspen Institute and the University of Southern California.  She is also a member of the Presidential Debates Commission.

A product of Los Angeles public schools, Harman is a magna cum laude graduate of Smith College, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and Harvard Law School.  Prior to serving in Congress, she was Staff Director of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Constitutional Rights, Deputy Cabinet Secretary to President Jimmy Carter, Special Counsel to the Department of Defense, and in private law practice. 

She has four adult children and six grandchildren.


John D. Negroponte, a United States career diplomat and national security official, held government positions abroad and in Washington between 1960 and 1997 and again from 2001 to 2008. He has been ambassador to Honduras, Mexico, the Philippines, the United Nations, and Iraq. In Washington he served twice on the National Security Council staff, first as director for Vietnam in the Nixon Administration and then as deputy national security advisor under President Reagan. He has also held a cabinet level position as the first director of national intelligence under President George W. Bush. His most recent position in government was as Deputy Secretary of State, where he served as the State Department’s chief operating officer. As a more junior diplomat, Mr. Negroponte also had assignments in Hong Kong, Vietnam, France, Ecuador and Greece.

While in the private sector from 1997 to 2001, he was executive vice president of the McGraw-Hill Companies, with responsibility for overseeing the company’s international activities. Ambassador Negroponte is vice chairman of McLarty Associates, a leading international strategic advisory firm in Washington, D.C. He also holds a teaching position at his alma mater, Yale University, as a senior research fellow in grand strategy and as a lecturer in international relations. Since 2009, Ambassador Negroponte has been chairman of the Council of the Americas/Americas Society, a New York-based NGO which advocates for commercial and cultural relations in the Western Hemisphere. He is also co-chairman of the US-Philippines Society. Since 2013, he has been chairman of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA).


Gideon Rose is the editor of Foreign Affairs and the Peter G. Peterson chair. He served as managing editor of the magazine from 2000 to 2010. Prior to this, he was the Olin senior fellow and deputy director of national security studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. From 1994 to 1995, Mr. Rose served as associate director for Near East and South Asian affairs on the staff of the National Security Council. He was assistant editor at the foreign policy quarterly the National Interest from 1986 to 1987, and held the same position at the domestic policy quarterly the Public Interest from 1985 to 1986. He received his BA in classics from Yale and his PhD in government from Harvard, and has taught American foreign policy at Columbia and Princeton.


The next U.S. President will inherit a security environment with mounting threats and increasingly constrained resources. Public policy makers must work in tandem with security officials and experts to mitigate risk at home and abroad. In this post-election outlook, Foreign Affairs Editor Gideon Rose will ask the panel of experts for their vision on U.S. foreign and domestic policy under the new administration. The depth of knowledge and experience shared by the panelists will allow the audience to gain insight into security policies and their implementation within law enforcement agencies and the U.S. justice system. The panel will discuss challenges in intelligence gathering and sharing both within the United States and internationally and hear recommendations on how the next president should tackle the growing number of cyber-attacks, escalating extremism and the continuing threat posed by North Korea. What predictions do these three policy influencers have for U.S. relations with China, Russia and Iran and how will the new administration preserve America’s super power status?

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