8:30 AM ET
Breakfast & Registration
9:00 AM ET
9:15 AM ET
Bold Alliances: Homeland Security’s Relationship with the Private Sector
Effective homeland security requires a collaborative effort. Domestic and foreign actors, intent upon undermining US democracy, are launching diffuse, highly sophisticated campaigns to foment fear and disinformation in our daily lives. Federal and local agencies, including tribal and territorial authorities, work assiduously to curtail such individuals, thanks to productive partnerships with private sector entities or nongovernmental organizations that help fortify the homeland security enterprise. As we commemorate the 20th anniversary of 9/11, this conversation examines the scope and trajectory of the US homeland security mission vis-à-vis public-private partnerships and community engagement at home and abroad.
10:30 AM ET
10:45 AM ET
Patriot Games: The Rise of Domestic Extremism and its Impact on Corporate America
Even before the January 6 U.S. Capitol riots sent shockwaves across the globe, the decades-long proliferation of domestic extremism in America thrust the notion of liberal democracy into question. Emboldened, in the eyes of the Southern Poverty Law Center, by incendiary manifestos such as Pat Buchanan’s The Death of the West (2001), in which the former US presidential candidate cites an insidious “axis of evil”—declining birth rates, an atheistic Left, an unchecked “immigration invasion”—as catalysts for “the end of America as we know her,” many sympathetic parties saw—and continue to see—a nation under siege, requiring immediate, often violent (re)action from a band of self-anointed (and eminently sophisticated) “patriots.” This conversation offers an earnest take on extremist ideological movements today. To what do we owe this “cancer[ous]” social element? How is law enforcement responding to current and future threats? Who are the key allies for curtailing such fringe behavior? And what role (if any) should corporate America play in supporting law and order?
1:00 PM ET
Dark Horizons: Managing Social Media, Disinformation & Nation-State Actors
Despite its intrinsic value as an instrument for policy safety and community engagement, social media exists, in the words of Clint Watts, as a “virtual safe haven,” for extremist factions and enablers around the globe. Thanks to social media’s rote democratization, national security leaders are increasingly wary of how nation-state actors and fringe elements like ISIS are spreading dissident ideology through surreptitious, targeted campaigns. This conversation offers an earnest take on our modern-day social media ecosystem. How is homeland security addressing social media’s prodigious reach in an era when cries of privacy, discrimination, and first amendment rights violations grow ever stronger in the court of public opinion?
2:15 PM ET
2:30 PM ET
Out of Shadow: Combating the Evolving Illicit Finance Threat
With the inclusion of a provision in the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act to examine the use of new financial technologies in terrorism financing, regulatory scrutiny of cryptocurrencies is poised to take another step forward under newly appointed US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen. Of course, even before Secretary Yellen’s arrival, anti-money laundering and combating the financing of terrorism programs (AML-CFT) were seen as a top priority for both IRS and law enforcement officials alike. Indeed, if recent developments such as the August 13, 2020 seizure of millions of dollars’ worth of cryptocurrency from Al-Qaeda and ISIS are any indication, the dark world of crypto terror appears ever more pronounced and insidious. This closing conversation offers an important update on the elevated illicit finance threat environment. What regulatory actions are expected under a Biden administration? How comprehensive will a renewed multinational fight against terrorism financing be in today’s tenuous political climate?
3:45 PM ET
Please join us for drinks as we wrap up the day’s proceedings.
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