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February 28, 2018 - JNSLP Symposium: The New Cold War? 

Please join us for the Journal of National Security Law & Policy annual symposium! 

This year’s symposium is The New Cold War?: The State of U.S.-Russia Relations & Unconventional Threats to U.S. Security.

The symposium will take place Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at Georgetown Law from 9:15 AM – 3:10 PM. The event is located on the 12th floor of the Gewirz Student Center.

In addition to the following three panels, the symposium will also feature a lunchtime keynote speech by Laura Kennedy, former Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs under the George W. Bush Administration.


William Banks, Professor of Law, Syracuse University College of Law; Editor-in-Chief, Journal of National Security Law & Policy


PANEL 1: Foreign Ties in the National Security Context: The Politics & Policies of Disclosure

9:25 AM – 10:50 AM

Panelists will provide an overview of disclosure laws through the lenses of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) and the security clearance process. Panelists will explore questions including: (1) What precisely are FARA and the SF-86’s reporting requirements? and (2) What are the legal ramifications for failing to register as a foreign agent or disclose foreign contacts on the SF-86?


Asha Rangappa, Senior Lecturer, Yale University Jackson Institute for Global Affairs; Former Special Agent to the FBI, Specializing in Counterintelligence Investigations

Joshua Rosenstein, Partner, Sandler Reiff Lamb Rosenstein & Birkenstock; Expert on Government Ethics and Lobbyist and Foreign Agent Regulation; Adjunct Professor of Law, William & Mary Law School

Benjamin Wittes, Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Lawfare; Senior Fellow, Governance Studies, The Brookings Institution

Moderator: Leslie Kiernan, Partner, Akin Gump LLP; Former Deputy White House Counsel


PANEL 2: The Russian Cyber Threat

10:55 AM – 12:20 PM

Panelists will discuss the growing threat posed by Russian hackers and whether the current international legal regime governing cyberattacks adequately safeguards against the Russian cyber threat, and if it does not, what reforms are needed to mitigate this threat.


Mary B. DeRosa, Professor from Practice, Georgetown University Law Center; Former National Security Council Legal Advisor in the Obama Administration; Former Deputy Assistant and Deputy Counsel to the President

Suzanne Spaulding, Senior Advisor, Homeland Security Program and International Security Program, Center for Strategic & International Studies; Former Under Secretary for the National Protection and Programs Directorate at the Department of Homeland Security; Founder of the ABA's Cybersecurity Legal Task Force

Michael Sulmeyer, Cyber Security Project Director, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School; Former Director for Plans and Operations for Cyber Policy, Office of Secretary of Defense

Moderator: Carrie F. Cordero, Counsel, ZwillGen PLLC; Adjunct Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center; Former Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for National Security; Former Senior Associate General Counsel at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence; Former Attorney Advisor at the Department of Justice



12:50 PM – 1:35 PM

PANEL 3: Russian State Organized Crime

1:45 PM – 3:10 PM

Panelists will explore a range of issues including the dangers posed by Russian state organized crime investments in the U.S. economy and businesses, how the Russian state uses disinformation to its advantage, and Russian state interference in U.S. elections.


Ethan Burger, Principal, Law Offices of Ethan S. Burger; Expert on Transnational Financial Crimes, Financial Institutions, and Corruption

David Satter, Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute; Fellow, Foreign Policy Institute of Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies; Former Moscow Correspondent, London Financial Times; Former Special Correspondent on Soviet Affairs, The Wall Street Journal

Nick Schifrin, Special Correspondent at PBS NewsHour; Lead Reporter for NewsHour's Six-Part Series, "Inside Putin's Russia"

Moderator: Vangala Ram, Department of State Chair, National Intelligence University; Expert on Russian Foreign Policy, Intelligence Analysis, and the National Security Decision-making Process

A reception will follow the event.

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