The Challenges for Democracies Facing Asymmetric Conflicts

Policy Circle Briefing Series

Turkish demonstrators chant Islamic slogans as they set fire to US and Israeli flags outside the Beyazit mosque in Istanbul, January 9, 2009

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December 4, 2014


5:45 p.m. – Reception
6:30 p.m. – Program
7:30 p.m. – Post-program Reception


National Press Club
529 14th Street NW, 13th floor
Washington, D.C. 20045

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While conventional warfare between nations declined in the past half-century, democratic countries increasingly have become involved in conflicts with non-state actors. No two nations have had more experience dealing with asymmetric conflicts than Israel and the United States. Both nations have succeeded in protecting their citizens, but at great cost and amid criticism from abroad and at home. We will discuss lessons learned in using military force in response to terrorism, as well as the legal, ethical, and moral implications of doing so.

Admiral Amichay Ayalon
Former Director of the Israel Security Agency (the Shin Bet)

Brian Michael Jenkins
Internationally Renowned Terrorism Expert

James Kitfield (moderator)
Senior Fellow, Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress; contributing editor, National Journal

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