May 29

Past Event

The Overview: Four Washington ""Wise Men"" Discuss America in the Age of Terrorism


Four distinguished public servants, deeply versed in the politics of the nation and the culture of Washington — personally involved in many of the crises of the past half century — look back to the Vietnam War and look forward to the new age of terrorism.

With President Bush just back from visiting European leaders and with a controversy raging over whether his administration received warnings of impending terrorist attacks in the United States before September 11, the panel will discuss the complex issues facing America and the world from the perspective of their own experiences during earlier crises.

The Washington veterans also will examine the role of the news media in reporting on the anti-terrorism campaign, and how the role has evolved over the decades.

Event Agenda

  • Moderators

    • Marvin Kalb

      Executive Director, Washington Office, The Shorenstein Center, Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government;
      former Chief Diplomatic Correspondent for CBS News and NBC News; Former moderator of NBC's Meet the Press

    • Portrait: Stephen Hess

      Stephen Hess

      Senior Fellow Emeritus, Governance Studies

  • Panelists

    • Harry C. McPherson

      Former Counsel to President Lyndon B. Johnson

    • Jim Sasser

      Former U.S. Senator (D-Tenn.); Former U.S. Ambassador to China

    • Lee H. Hamilton

      Director, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; Former Chairman, U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs; Former Chairman, U.S. House Select Committee on Intelligence

    • Lloyd N. Cutler

      Former Counsel to Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton


May 29, 2002

9:30 AM - 11:00 AM EDT

The Brookings Institution

Falk Auditorium

1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW


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