3:30 pm EDT - 5:00 pm EDT

Past Event

Campaign 2012: War on Terrorism

Monday, September 10, 2012

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm EDT

Brookings Institution
Falk Auditorium

1775 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC

This event was broadcast live on C-SPAN3 and

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With both presidential campaigns focused almost exclusively on the economy and in the absence of a major attack on the U.S. homeland in recent years, national security has taken a back seat in this year’s presidential campaign. However, the administration and Congress remain sharply at odds over controversial national security policies such as the closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. What kinds of counterterrorism policies will effectively secure the safety of the United States and the world?

On September 10th, the Campaign 2012 project at Brookings held a discussion on terrorism, the ninth in a series of forums that identify and address the 12 most critical issues facing the next president. White House Reporter Josh Gerstein of POLITICO moderated a panel discussion with Brookings experts Benjamin Wittes, Stephen Grand and Hafez Ghanem, who presented recommendations to the next president.

Participants can follow the conversation on Twitter using hashtag #BITerrorism.

Download papers from the event:


Campaign 2012: Twelve Independent Ideas for Improving American Public Policy is an indispensable guide to the key questions facing White House hopefuls in 2012.