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Video from several events at the 2017 Aspen Security Forum will be broadcast live online.  All times appearing in the schedule below are Mountain Time.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

5:00 – 6:00 PM MDT
Securing the Homeland in the Post-Post 9/11 Era
Nearly two decades have passed since 9/11, and today’s terrorist threat environment is much more complicated and menacing than that posed by Al Qaeda back then. The new Secretary of Homeland Security explains how he is grappling with the challenge and the Trump administration’s plans for meeting it.

John Kelly, Secretary of Homeland Security
Moderator: Pete Williams, Justice Correspondent, NBC News

Thursday, July 20, 2017

9:00 – 10:00 AM MDT
No Room for Error: Advising the President on Homeland Security and Counterterrorism
Ever since 9/11, homeland security and counterterrorism professionals have been kept up at night by knowing that the odds against us are overwhelming. They have to “get it right” day in and day out; terrorists need to succeed only once and the consequences of even one strike can be devastating. The new Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Adviser explains how he wrestles with this elemental struggle.

Thomas Bossert, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism
Moderator: David Sanger, Chief Washington Correspondent, The New York Times

10:00 – 11:00 AM MDT
One Off or Turning Point: The Airstrike in Syria
In an era of fierce partisanship and ideological division, support for the President’s strike against Syria for its latest use of chemical weapons was nearly universal. But a key question hangs over it. Was it a singular event, intended merely to show that there is a new President in charge who is not hesitant about using force, or does it portend a new policy of using force to back up a comprehensive diplomatic, political, economic, and military strategy to free Syria from Assad and ISIS?

Jane Harman, President, Director, and CEO, The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Stuart Jones, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs
Dina Kawar, Ambassador of Jordan to the United States
Andrew Tabler, Martin J. Gross Fellow, Washington Institute for Near East Policy
Moderator: Tobin Harshaw, Editorial Writer, Bloomberg View

11:15 AM – 12:15 PM MDT
Putting Humpty-Dumpty Together Again: Is Iraq Finally Winning the War Against ISIS?
It appears that ISIS is in retreat in Iraq and the country appears to be more politically stable and coherent. Has Baghdad finally turned the corner in the war that began more than a decade ago?

Mary McCord, Former Acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security
Robin Wright, Distinguished Scholar, United States Institute of Peace and Woodrow Wilson
International Center for Scholars
Fareed Yasseen, Ambassador of Iraq to the United States
Moderator: Kim Dozier, Contributing Writer, The Daily Beast; Global Analyst, CNN

1:15 – 2:15 PM MDT
Active Measures: The Kremlin Plan to Beat the West without Firing a Shot
President Trump maintains that millions of people voted illegally in the 2016 election. Was Vladimir Putin one of them? If so, beyond influencing the American election, is Russia working to undermine the entire Western liberal democratic order? If so, what can and should we do about it?

Peter Clement, Deputy Assistant Director for Europe/Eurasia, Central Intelligence Agency
Evelyn Farkas, Former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia/Ukraine/Eurasia
Julia Ioffe, Columnist, The Atlantic
Moderator: Jim Sciutto, Chief National Security Correspondent, CNN

2:45 – 3:45 PM MDT
Is NATO up to the Challenge of the New World Order?
The Kremlin has never been more aggressive and overt about its aim to undermine NATO. At the same time, there are other epic challenges – terrorism, cyber threats, the war without end in Afghanistan, and the parallel threat to the European Union – to name only a few. Is an alliance that has been the bedrock of the international order for 70 years capable of rising to the challenges that beset it on every side?

Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze, Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration
Arndt Freytag von Loringhoven, Assistant Secretary-General for Intelligence and Security, NATO
Piotr Wilczek, Ambassador of Poland to the United States
Peter Wittig, Ambassador of Germany to the United States
Moderator: Gordon Corera, Security Correspondent, BBC

3:45 – 4:45 PM MDT
War by Other Means
From the Stuxnet attack on Iran’s nuclear program, to the North Korean attack on Sony, to the latest attack on multiple countries spanning the globe, nation state-led cyber-attacks on critical infrastructure is the new form of asymmetrical warfare. The panel will discuss the intricacies of this brave new world.

Jeff Greene, Senior Director, Global Government Affairs and Policy, Symantec
Bob Griffin, CEO, Ayasdi
Joshua Skule, Executive Assistant Director for Intelligence, Federal Bureau of Investigation
Clint Watts, Senior Fellow, George Washington University Center for Cyber & Homeland Security
Moderator: Shane Harris, Senior National Security Writer, The Wall Street Journal

5:15 – 6:15 PM MDT
The View from Langley
The new CIA Director has his work cut out for him. Contrary to its depiction in spy novels, intelligence is more of an art than a science. So, advising policymakers on national security threats is not easy under the best of circumstances – let alone with the multiple threats we currently face. It is even harder when there are crises on every side. Director Pompeo explains how he is meeting the unique challenges he faces in his new role.

Mike Pompeo, Director, Central Intelligence Agency
Moderator: Bret Stephens, Columnist, The New York Times

Friday, July 21, 2017

9:00 – 10:00 AM MDT
Tour d ‘Horizon
Four veteran national security policymakers and global affairs analysts survey the range of national security threats and give us their views on what our policy responses should be.

Michael Chertoff, Former Secretary of Homeland Security
Avril Haines, Former Deputy National Security Advisor
Michael Hayden, Former Director, National Security Agency; Former Director, Central Intelligence Agency
Nick Rasmussen, Director, National Counterterrorism Center
Moderator: Michael Isikoff, Chief Investigative Correspondent, Yahoo News

10:00 – 11:00 AM MDT
A Deal is a Deal?
A state sponsor of terror; a destabilizing force in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Bahrain and Yemen; and a menace to America’s Navy and global commerce in the Gulf, Iran is, no doubt, a bad actor. The question, though, is whether backing out of the nuclear deal is cutting off the nose to spite the face. As the State Department threatens Iran, while, at the same time certifying that it is complying with the terms of the deal, this panel will weigh and debate the strategic pros and cons of reneging on it.

Antony Blinken, Former Deputy Secretary of State
Joseph Cirincione, President, Ploughshares Fund
Kori Schake, Research Fellow, Stanford University Hoover Institution Alex Vatanka, Senior Fellow, Middle East Institute
Moderator: Elise Labott, Global Affairs Correspondent, CNN

11:15 AM – 12:15 PM MDT
The Longest War
Now in its 16th year, the war in Afghanistan shows no sign of ending. If anything, the Taliban are resurgent, despite additional American troop deployments and our dropping the largest non-nuclear bomb in our arsenal. Meanwhile, Al Qaeda and ISIS remain active in the region, threatening the stability of both Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Shah Nazar Khan, First Secretary, Embassy of Pakistan
James Cunningham, Former US Ambassador to Afghanistan
Hamdullah Mohib, Ambassador of Afghanistan to the United States
Robin Raphel, Former Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia
Moderator: Margaret Brennan, White House and Senior Foreign Affairs Correspondent, CBS News

1:15 – 2:15 PM MDT
SOCOM: Policing the World
While this Administration’s approach to foreign crises mostly differs from that of its predecessor, there is at least one conspicuous exception, a heavy reliance on Special Operations Forces. Their commander explains the role SOCOM and SOF perennially play in responding to flash points around the globe and building partner-nation capacity to provide for their own defense.

Raymond “Tony” Thomas, Commander, US Special Operations Command
Moderator: Catherine Herridge, Chief Intelligence Correspondent, Fox News

2:45 – 3:45 PM MDT
Under Assault
Two former top leaders in the US intelligence community assess today’s top external and internal threats to national security.

John Brennan, Former Director, Central Intelligence Agency
James Clapper, Former Director of National Intelligence
Moderator: Wolf Blitzer, Anchor, The Situation Room, CNN

3:45 – 4:45 PM MDT
Congress’ Role in the Making and Execution of National Security Policy in the Trump Era
President Obama and the Republican Congress were usually at odds over national security policy. With a Republican in the White House now, will the President and Congress see eye to eye on threats and their solutions, or will differing institutional pressures and perspectives keep the respective ends of Pennsylvania Avenue apart? And, will the congressional investigations of Russia’s attempt to influence the presidential election end with a bang or a whimper? However the investigations conclude, what impact will they have on the relationship between the two branches?

Michael McCaul, Chairman, House Committee on Homeland Security; US Representative for Texas’ 10th Congressional District
Stephanie Murphy, US Representative for Florida’s 7th Congressional District
Adam Schiff, Ranking Member, House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence; US Representative for California’s 28th Congressional District
Mac Thornberry, Chairman, House Armed Services Committee; US Representative for Texas’ 13th Congressional District
Moderator: Ryan Lizza, Washington Correspondent, The New Yorker

5:30 – 6:15 PM MDT
At the Helm of the Intelligence Community
The Director of National Intelligence weighs in on the national security events and intelligence challenges of the day.

Daniel Coats, Director of National Intelligence
Moderator: Lester Holt, Anchor, NBC Nightly News

Saturday, July 22, 2017

9:00 – 10:00 AM MDT
The Commander of US Cyber Command and Director of the National Security Agency has never been busier with the perennial intelligence task of trying to distinguish the signal from the noise. Adding to the challenge are cyber threats from nation states and non-state actors that are unprecedented in their scale and sophistication. Fortunately, he has help from across the pond from the UK’s Government Communications Headquarters. Admiral Rogers and former Director Hannigan explain how they go about accomplishing their mission impossible.

Robert Hannigan, Former Director, United Kingdom Government Communications Headquarters
Mike Rogers, Commander, US Cyber Command; Director, National Security Agency
Moderator: David Ignatius, Associate Editor and Columnist, The Washington Post

10:00 – 11:00 AM MDT
That Was Then
The President’s tough talk on China during the campaign has given way to a budding “bromance” with Xi Jinping. Will the mutual charm offensive last and, if so, what are its implications for resolving the threats from North Korea, the buildup in the South China Sea, and cyber espionage?

Michael Collins, Deputy Assistant Director, East Asia Mission Center, Central Intelligence Agency
Bonnie Glaser, Senior Advisor for Asia; Director, China Power Project, Center for Strategic and International Studies
Kenichiro Sasae, Ambassador of Japan to the United States
Moderator: Michael Crowley, Senior Foreign Affairs Correspondent, POLITICO

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM MDT
Fight Tonight
The prospect of nuclear war on the Korean Peninsula has never been higher. The Trump Administration has announced, ominously, that “strategic patience” has been a conspicuous failure and that if the Chinese will not or cannot “solve” the North Korean problem, the United States will. Short of war, can Kim Jong Un be stopped?

Joseph Cirincione, President, Ploughshares Fund
Christopher Hill, Former Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs; Dean, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver
Ahn Ho-young, Ambassador of South Korea to the United States
Moderator: Gordon Chang, Columnist, The Daily Beast

2:00 – 3:00 PM MDT
Security v. Liberty
This perennial debate between security experts and civil libertarians has moved from the terrestrial to the celestial, from the global battlefield that nation states and terror groups have fought on for centuries to the realm of cyber space. Like Apple’s refusal to cooperate with the FBI in the investigation of the San Bernardino terror attack, WhatsApp’s refusal to turn over the messages of the terrorist who attacked Parliament this past spring is the latest marquee example. Which side has it right?

Monika Bickert, Head of Product Policy and Counterterrorism, Facebook
Dana Boente, Acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security
Walter Isaacson, President and CEO, The Aspen Institute
Moderator: Ellen Nakashima, National Security Writer, The Washington Post

3:30 – 4:30 PM MDT
One State/Two State
Is the “two state solution” dead once and for all? The panel will discuss the prospects for peace between Israel and the Palestinians with President Trump in the White House.

Aaron David Miller, Vice President for New Initiatives and Distinguished Scholar, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Natan Sachs, Director, Center for Middle East Policy, The Brookings Institution
Edward Walker, Former US Ambassador to Israel
Husam Zomlot, Strategic Affairs Advisor to the President of the State of Palestine
Moderator: Ken Dilanian, Intelligence and National Security Reporter, NBC News

5:15 – 6:15 PM MDT
Tank Talk
The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs explains our current strategy and how our armed forces will carry it out in the years ahead.

Joseph Dunford, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff
Moderator: Andrea Mitchell, Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent, NBC News