BENGHAZI: What do we know? What don’t we know? What do we need to know?

May 22, 2013
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Michael DoranSenior Fellow, Saban Center for Middle East Policy, Brookings Institution; and Gabriel SchoenfeldSenior Fellow at the Hudson Institute

Moderated by Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Director of the James Madison Program, Princeton University

Michael S. Doran is the Roger Hertog Fellow in the Saban Center at the Brookings Institution.  By training he is an academic expert on the international politics of the Middle East, but he has also held several senior government posts related to Middle East policy and to strategic communication.  He served as Senior Adviser to the Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs in the State Department. In addition, he held an appointment at the Pentagon, as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Support to Public Diplomacy, and at the National Security Council, as the Senior Director of the Near East and North Africa.  At State and DoD, Doran was responsible for promoting greater cooperation between the two departments in the field of strategic communication, with a particular emphasis on countering ideological support for terrorism. At the White House, Doran helped to devise and coordinate national strategies on a variety of Middle East issues, including Arab-Israeli relations and efforts to contain Iran.  Prior to government service, Doran taught at Princeton University and, before that, at the University of Central Florida. His publications include a book, Pan-Arabism before Nasser, which analyzes the first Arab-Israeli war as an inter-Arab conflict; and an article in Foreign Affairs, “Somebody Else’s Civil War,” which was first article to advance the thesis, now common wisdom, that Osama bin Laden used the attacks of 9/11 as a tool for influencing a conflict between Muslims.  He received his B.A. from Stanford University and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Princeton University.

Gabriel Schoenfeld is a Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute in Washington, DC.  For nearly two years ending in November 2012, he was a speechwriter and Senior Adviser to the Mitt Romney for President Campaign. He is the author of three books, including the just published A Bad Day on the Romney Campaign: An Insider's Account and Necessary Secrets: National Security, the Media, and the Rule of Law. His essays on national security and modern history have appeared in leading publications, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Weekly Standard, New Republic, Atlantic, National Interest, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, and Commentary, where from 1994 to 2008 he was Senior Editor.  Before joining Commentary, Dr. Schoenfeld was a Senior Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC, where he founded the research bulletin Soviet Prospects. He was an IREX Scholar at Moscow State University, holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University’s Department of Government, and is a United States Chess Federation master.

Robert P. George is McCormick Chair in Jurisprudence at Princeton University and is the director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions.  He is currently a 2012-13 Visiting Professor of Law and Harvard Law School.  He has served on the President's Council on Bioethics and as a presidential appointee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights. He has also served on UNESCO’s World Commission on the Ethics of Science and Technology, of which he continues to be a corresponding member. He is a former Judicial Fellow at the Supreme Court of the United States, where he received the Justice Tom C. Clark Award. He is the author of In Defense of Natural Law, Making Men Moral: Civil Liberties and Public Morality, The Clash of Orthodoxies: Law, Religion and Morality in Crisis, and Conscience and Its Enemies: Confronting the Dogmas of Liberal Secularism, and co-author of Embryo: A Defense of Human Life, Body-Self Dualism in Contemporary Ethics and Politics, and What is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense.  His scholarly articles and reviews have appeared in such journals as the Harvard Law Review, the Yale Law Journal, the Columbia Law Review, the American Journal of Jurisprudence, and the Review of Politics. He is a recipient of many honors and awards, including the Presidential Citizens Medal, the Honorific Medal for the Defense of Human Rights of the Republic of Poland, the Canterbury Medal of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, the Sidney Hook Memorial Award of the National Association of Scholars, the Philip Merrill Award of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni, the Bradley Prize for Intellectual and Civic Achievement and the Stanley Kelley, Jr. Teaching Award from Princeton's Department of Politics. He was the 2007 John Dewey Lecturer in the Philosophy of Law at Harvard, the 2008 Judge Guido Calabresi Lecturer in Law and Religion at Yale, the 2008 Sir Malcolm Knox Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of St. Andrews, and the 2010 Frank Irvine Lecturer in Law at Cornell University. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and holds honorary doctorates of law, ethics, science, letters, civil law, humane letters, and juridical science. A graduate of Swarthmore College and Harvard Law School, he also received a master’s degree in Theology from Harvard and a doctorate in Philosophy of Law from Oxford University.

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BENGHAZI: What do we know? What don’t we know? What do we need to know?

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Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall

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