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.
In their recent book, “The New Localism,” Bruce Katz and Jeremy Nowak argue that cities and counties will be tested as never before in the coming years. They will need to innovate and reform—to pursue new strategies for growth and finance—in a fiscal environment dominated by rising health-care and pension costs. In these circumstances, the quality of metropolitan governance will matter more than ever.