The event will bring together key figures from government, the military, the press and academia on critical topics including the importance of alliances in advancing America’s interests abroad; the ways in which American voters are being marginalized and the democratic process undermined; America’s role in promoting freedom, democracy, and human rights around the world; the role of the press in defending democracy; and historical perspectives on how to protect our democracy.
Speakers and sessions topics include:
Session 1: The Importance of American Leadership in Defending Democracy: Military Perspective
- William Cohen, former U.S. Secretary of Defense, U.S. Senator and U.S. Congressman
- Chuck Hagel, former U.S. Secretary of Defense and U.S. Senator
- Leon Panetta, former U.S. Secretary of Defense and U.S. Congressman, former director of the Central Intelligence Agency
Session 2: Defending Democracy at Home
Stacey Abrams, former minority leader, Georgia House of Representatives, and founder, Fight Fair Action
Session 3: The Importance of American Leadership in Defending Democracy: Diplomatic Perspectives from former Secretaries of State
- Madeleine Albright, former U.S. Secretary of State
- Condoleezza Rice, former U.S. Secretary of State
Session 4: Facts, Truth, and the Press
- David Ignatius, author and columnist for The Washington Post
- Andrea Mitchell, Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent for NBC News
- Jason Rezaian, author and Global Opinions writer for The Washington Post
- Bob Woodward, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author
Moderators for this session are Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski of MSNBC.
Closing Session: Historical Perspectives
- Michael Beschloss, historian and author
- Douglas Brinkley, author and professor of history at Rice University
- Beverly Gage, Brady-Johnson Professor of Grand Strategy and of History at Yale University
- Robert Kagan, historian, author and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution
The conference is open to the general public; advance registration is required.
For more information on how to register, please visit the Kerry Initiative website.