Aspen Security Forum will feature top-level government officials and ambassadors
U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey are among the confirmed speakers for the 2014 Aspen Security Forum, the Aspen Institute has announced.
The security forum will take place July 23 to 26 at the Aspen Meadows. The event, in its fifth year, will explore issues ranging from the threat of weapons of mass destruction to the future of Afghanistan and Pakistan. The role of congressional oversight of U.S. actions will be examined, as will the intersection of privacy, surveillance and civil liberties.
The New York Times and CNN are this year’s media co-presenters. The forum will feature more than 80 top-level current and former government officials, defense-industry leaders, print and broadcast journalists and leading thinkers who will examine key issues in homeland security and counterterrorism.
Other confirmed speakers include U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno, National Security Agency General Counsel Raj De and Defense Intelligence Agency Director General Mike Flynn.
Foreign ambassadors who will speak at the forum include Tiankai Cui, the Chinese ambassador to the U.S.; Eklil Hakimi, the Afghani ambassador to the U.S.; and Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the U.S.
More information on the speakers and online registration is available at http://www.aspensecurityforum.org.
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