The Next President’s Fight Against Terror

The McCain Institute for International Leadership, Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, and New America will host a one-day conference on international rule of law and counterterrorism.

The event will feature scholars, practitioners, and former senior government officials who will explore whether U.S. counterterrorism policies and activities are consistent with the rule of law, how other countries are affected by these policies and efforts, and their impact on the United States' ability to help strengthen legal systems around the world. Throughout the day, speakers and panelists will discuss recommendations for counterterrorism policies for the next administration.


8:30 - 9:00 am: Breakfast and registration

9:00 - 9:30 am: Opening remarks

Anne-Marie Slaughter
President and CEO, New America

Ambassador Kurt Volker
Executive Director, McCain Institute for International Leadership

Jack Goldsmith
Henry L. Shattuck Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
Barry Goldwater Chair of American Institutions, Arizona State University

9:30 - 10:15 am: President Obama's National Security Legacy

Dr. Andrew J. Bacevich
Professor Emeritus, International Relations and History, Boston University

10:15 - 10:30 am: Coffee Break

10:30 - 11:50 am: Rule of Law Foundations for U.S. Counterterrorism Policies


Jack Goldsmith


Peter Bergen
Director, New America's International Security Program

Hina Shamsi
Director, National Security Project, American Civil Liberties Union

12:00 - 1:00 pm: Lunch and Conversation


Ambassador Clint Williamson
Distinguished Professor of Practice, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University
Senior Director for Global Rule of Law, Governance, and Security, McCain Institute for International Leadership


Mary B. DeRosa
Distinguished Visitor from Practice and Co-Director, Global Law Scholars Program, Georgetown Law, former Legal Adviser, National Security Council

1:00 - 1:10 pm: Coffee Break

1:10 - 2:30 pm: Local Effects of Global Counterterrorism Policies


Julia Fromholz
Director and Professor of Practice, Rule of Law & Governance Program, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University


Dr. Aykan Erdemir
Senior Fellow, Foundation for Defense for Democracies, Former member of the Turkish Parliament (2011-2015)

Dr. Nancy Okail
Executive Director, Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy

Raza Ahmad Rumi
Scholar in Residence, School of Humanities and Sciences, Ithaca College

2:30 - 2:45 pm: Break

2:45 - 3:30pm: How Warfare Became Both More Humane and Harder to End

Samuel Moyn
Jeremiah Smith, Jr. Professor of Law and Professor of History, Harvard University

3:30 - 3:45 pm: Closing remarks

Douglas J. Sylvester
Dean and Professor of Law, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University

The event will be livestreamed on New America's website.
Join the conversation @McCainInstitute using #RuleofLaw.

Event Information

Oct 19, 2016

New America
740 15 Street NW, Suite 900 Washington, DC 20005