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State of Security: Rethinking Safety and Danger in the 21st Century

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New York, New York (PRWEB) April 10, 2012

State of Security: Rethinking Safety and Danger in the 21st Century

Michael Cohen anad Mackenzie Eaglen debate the state of U.S. security

Conventional wisdom says the world is a dangerous place for Americans – full of uncertainty and lurking threats. In the most recent Foreign Affairs, the Century Foundation’s Michael Cohen and CFR’s Micah Zenko argue the opposite. In “ Clear and Present Safety,” they suggest that the world is in fact safer, freer, healthier, and more prosperous than ever before. On Thursday April 12th, the National Security Network and The Century Foundation will host a debate between Michael Cohen and Mackenzie Eaglen of the American Enterprise Institute on this question – is our reality best understood as safer than ever, or a dangerous world of multiple threats to the United States? NSN’s Senior Adviser Major General Paul Eaton (ret.) will moderate.

Thursday, April 12
2:30p.m. - 3:30p.m.
2456 Rayburn House Office Building
RSVP: info(at)nsnetwork(dot)org

This event is open to the public and press.

All press need to be credentialed. To get clearance, contact Jonathan.Ossoff(at)mail(dot)house(dot)gov

Follow the event on twitter at @NatSecNet, hashtag #SOSDebate

About the speakers:
Michael Cohen is a regular writer and commentator on American politics and U.S. foreign policy. He is the author of Live from the Campaign Trail: The Greatest Presidential Campaign Speeches of the 20th Century and How They Shaped Modern America (Walker Books, 2008), as well as a columnist for Foreign Policy, where he writes a regular feature on politics and national security. He has previously been a senior fellow at the New America Foundation and the American Security Project. He served in the U.S. Department of State as chief speechwriter for U.S. Representative to the United Nations Bill Richardson and Undersecretary of State Stuart Eizenstat. He has worked at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, was chief speechwriter for Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT), and was a senior vice president at the strategic communications firm of Robinson, Lerer and Montgomery. He has also worked on political campaigns, both in the United States and overseas. He has been a frequent commentator on politics and international affairs, and his work has been featured in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and the Washington Post. His research has focused on the growing role and influence of non-state actors, reforming the foreign assistance bureaucracy (with a particular focus on democracy promotion), and improving aid coordination between private and public actors. You can follow him on Twitter @speechboy71.

Mackenzie Eaglen, Resident Fellow at the Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies at the American Enterprise Institute, has worked on defense issues in the U.S. Congress, both House and Senate, and at the Pentagon in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and on the Joint Staff. She specializes in defense strategy, budget, military readiness and the defense industrial base. In 2010, Ms. Eaglen served as a staff member of the congressionally mandated Quadrennial Defense Review Independent Panel, a bipartisan, blue-ribbon commission established to assess the Pentagon's major defense strategy. A prolific writer on defense related issues, she has also testified before Congress. You can follow her on Twitter @MEaglen.

The Century Foundation is a progressive think tank, founded in 1919 and initially funded by Edward A. Filene. With a strong legacy of research and analysis aimed at addressing a range of important issues related to U.S. economic and social policy and international affairs, its work today focuses on issues of equity and opportunity in the United States, and how American values can best be sustained and advanced in a world of more diffuse power. With offices in New York City and Washington, D.C., The Century Foundation is nonprofit and nonpartisan.

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