The rise of deep political polarization, in tandem with a concerning decline in civics knowledge, poses substantial challenges to American democracy and national security. In this climate, military veterans can play a critical role in fostering an atmosphere of collaboration. Leveraging their unique perspectives, leadership experiences, and steadfast commitment to safeguarding American democracy, veterans are well-positioned to bridge political divides, enhance public awareness of civic duties, and protect election integrity.
On November 6, the Strobe Talbott Center for Security, Strategy, and Technology at Brookings hosted a two-panel discussion that spotlighted veterans’ instrumental role in bettering America’s current civic and political landscape.
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Panel 1: Veterans and civics
10:00 am - 11:00 am
ModeratorMichael E. O’Hanlon Director of Research - Foreign Policy, Director - Strobe Talbott Center for Security, Strategy, and Technology, Co-Director - Africa Security Initiative, Senior Fellow - Foreign Policy, Strobe Talbott Center for Security, Strategy, and Technology, Philip H. Knight Chair in Defense and Strategy
Panel 2: Veterans and politics
11:00 am - 12:00 pm