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2010 National Conference

The 2010 National Conference, "US Foreign Policy: Into the Next Decade,"
was held November 3-5, 2010 at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC.

The National Conference, held annually for over a decade, hosts citizen leaders drawn from the business, civic and education communities from across the country. This year's conference explored the historic challenges to U.S. national security policy.

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Opening Remarks

Confronting the Hydra: The Changing Faces of Threats and Security: Keynote & Discussion

Keynote Luncheon: Is There A Responsibility to Protect? 

Economic Policy after the Great Recession: Is there a Need for New Global Governance?  Keynote & Discussion

International Business and Trade Breakfast

New System, New Rules: America's Place in the Global Order

Energy, Security & the Environment: A Critical Linkage

Keynote Luncheon, Iraq-US Relations: What's Next?

From Briefing Rooms to Blogs: Foreign Policy in the New Information Era

The Election and U.S. Foreign Policy 

Global Health: The Challenges Ahead

Closing Banquet

Plenary 1– Confronting the Hydra:
The Changing Faces of Threats & Security

Keynote: Under Secretary of Defense Michèle Flournoy
Panel Discussion:
Moderator: Tom Gjelten, Foreign Correspondent, NPR
Discussants: John McLaughlin, Former Acting Director, CIA
Peter Singer, Brookings Institute
Stephen Biddle, Council on Foreign Relations


Keynote Luncheon: Is There a Responsibility to Protect?
Moderator: Pauline Baker, President, The Fund for Peace
Discussants: Ambassador Richard Williamson, former U.S. Special Envoy to Sudan
Dr. Monica Serrano, Executive Director, Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect


Plenary 2 – Economic Policy after the Great Recession:
Is there a Need for New Global Governance?
Under Secretary of State Robert D. Hormats
Panel Discussion:
Moderator: Ambassador Paula J. Dobriansky, Thomson Reuters
Discussants: C. Fred Bergsten, Peterson Institute
Jim Zarroli, NPR
Ian Bremmer, Eurasia Group


Hot Topics Briefings
Europe & the U.S.: Into the Next Decade
– Fred Kempe, Atlantic Council
Global Attitudes – Andrew Kohut, Pew Research Center
Post-Conflict Capacity-Building: Lessons from Africa, Iraq, and
 – Laura Engelbrecht, New Century, Inc.
Democracy-Building – Kenneth Wollack, National Democratic Institute & Lorne
Craner, International Republican Institute
Governance & Corruption – Nancy Zucker Boswell, Transparency International
Rising Powers BRICS -Sandra Lawson, Goldman Sachs
Iran–Abbas Milani, Stanford University
Immigration – C. Stewart Verdery, Monument Policy Group
Iraq & Kurdistan– Qubad Talabani, Kurdistan Regional Government
Global I.Q. with The Economist– Greg Ip – moderated by: Jim Falk
Nuclear Nonproliferation – Ambassador Susan Burk, State Department
Foreign Policy Perspectives from Generation Y- Roosevelt Institute Campus


International Business & Trade Breakfast
Robert D. Atkinson, Information Technology & Innovation
Keynote: James Steinberg, Deputy Secretary of State


Plenary 3 – New System, New Rules:
America’s Place in the Changing Global Order

Moderator: David Rothkopf, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Discussants: Kori Schake, Hoover Institute
Stewart Patrick, Council on Foreign Relations
Parag Khanna, New America Foundation

Plenary 4 – Energy, Security & the Environment:
A Critical Linkage

Moderator: Steven Clemons, The New America Foundation
Discussants: Karen Harbert, Institute for 21st Century Energy
Robert D Kaplan, The Atlantic
Christine Parthemore, Center for a New American Security


Keynote Luncheon – Iraq-U.S. Relations: What Next?
Moderator: Ambassador Marc Grossman
Discussants: Ambassador Ryan Crocker, Former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq
General Raymond Odierno, Former Commanding General of the
US Forces - Iraq


Plenary 5 – From Briefing Rooms to Blogs:
Foreign Policy in the New Information Era

Moderator: Joseph Lockhart, Former White House Press Secretary
Discussants: Duncan MacInnes, State Department
Bob Boorstin, Google Inc.
Susan Glasser, Foreign Policy
Helle Dale, Heritage Foundation

Plenary 6 – The Election and U.S. Foreign Policy
Moderator: Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times
Discussants: Gerald F. Seib, Wall Street Journal
Chrystia Freeland, Thomson Reuters
Ron Brownstein, Atlantic Media Company


Plenary 7 – Global Health: The Challenges Ahead

Moderator: Brenda Wilson, NPR
Discussants: Dr. Anthony Fauci, NIH
Laurie Garrett, Council on Foreign Relations
Rear Admiral R. Timothy Ziemer (Ret), President's Malaria

Closing Banquet
Keynote: The Honorable Lawrence H. Summers
With Alan S. Murray, Wall Street Journal


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Carnegie Corporation of New York


The Claremont Group

The Coca-Cola Company

Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) 


Delegation of the European Union to the United States

Eden Hall Foundation


Foreign Policy Association

The Gambrinus Company

Global Ties U.S.

Goldman Sachs


The Holmes Organisation

Johnson + Sterling

Mr. Michael Phillip


Orbital ATK

Rational Middle Energy Series


Rosetta Stone


Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center  

Thomson Reuters

Tomassian, Throckmorton & Inouye LLP

Turkish Cultural Foundation