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A Conversation with FBI Director Wray and National Security Lawyers on Civic Education as a National Security Imperative

March 12, 2021 • 2:00 – 3:30 pm EST

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As part of its Strategic Dialogue on Civic Education as a National Security Imperative, CSIS invites you to a conversation with FBI Director Christopher Wray and national security lawyers to get their perspectives on why civic education is a national security issue. Why is it important for the American public to understand the role of national security institutions and the rule of law in our democracy? Why is it important for individuals operating within these institutions to come in with a strong understanding of these concepts? And how does civic education play a role in rebuilding that trust, maximizing security, and strengthening our democracy? 

Following opening remarks from Director Wray and a fireside chat with Suzanne Spaulding, Senior Adviser for Homeland Security at CSIS, we will host an expert panel co-sponsored by the American Bar Association's Standing Committee on Law and National Security. 

This series is made possible by Craig Newmark Philanthropies. 

Suzanne Spaulding
Director, Defending Democratic Institutions, and Senior Adviser, Homeland Security, International Security Program

Steve Bunnell

Chief Legal Officer, Diem Association; Former General Counsel, DHS
Visiting Professor, Georgetown Law; Colonel (ret.), U.S. Army JAG Corps

Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker

Former General Counsel, NSA and CIA

Jennifer O'Connor

Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Northrop Grumman; Former General Counsel, DoD
Director, Institute for Security Policy and Law, Syracuse University; Former Chief Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces