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Each year, NSI hosts dozens of events in person and online with policymakers, business leaders, and experts focused on the hardest national security questions facing America and its allies. Along with NSI's events, this
11/6/2020

Taking Treasury to War: Two Decades of Using Financial Measures as National Security Statecraft

The National Security Institute, the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, the Center for a New American Security, and the Center for Strategic and International Studies are excited to presentRevisiting Treasury’s War: The History and Future of the Treasury Department’s Role in National Security.This two-event series brings together two decades of the Treasury Department’s national security leadership to discuss the role the Department, and particular, Terrorism and Financial Intelligence (TFI), plays in strengthening the U.S. national security strategy. The series will include participants from all the major components of TFI, including the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), the Office of Intelligence and Analysis (OIA), the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), and the Office of Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes (TFFC).This panel covered the use of financial tools to achieve national security and foreign policy objectives in the aftermath of September 11 through the current era given that sanctions and other such tools are an increasingly prominent—if not the primary—tool of effectuating foreign policy and national security goals, and what lessons might be learned from two decades of such work.Featuring:Daniel Glaser, Former Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes;Jennifer Fowler, Former Acting Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing and Financial CrimesJuan Zarate, NSI Advisory Board member and Former Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes; andJamil N. Jaffer, NSI Founder and Executive Director (Moderator)
11/6/2020

NSI 2020: Tackling the Techlash

OnThursday, August 13, 2020, NSI hosted Tackling the Techlash.In recent years, U.S. technology companies have been facing an increasingly hostile public reaction here in the U.S. and abroad. These concerns, expressed most prominently in the United States by political leaders at the state and federal level and in Europe by national and EU legislators are based on perceived threats to privacy created by these companies, their role in creating a new economic reality that may displace jobs, and other significant concerns.As a result, some of America’s most innovative companies are party to a mounting number of lawsuits and claims of antitrust abuses.At the same time, the U.S. government’s relationship with these technology giants remains fraught in the aftermath of the Snowden revelations a half-decade ago and the companies’ alignment with particular advocacy groups.Despite these trends, Americans are engaging with these companies more than ever.In turn, these tech companies continue to grow, innovate, and drive the U.S. economy which fuels American national security.Our panel of experts addressed how the U.S. government can address legitimate public concerns without impairing US innovation, economic growth, and national security.Our panel featured:Aaron Hughes, NSI Advisory Board member and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Cyber PolicyRandal Milch, former General Counsel of Verizon and Co-Chair of the NYU Center for CybersecuritySamantha Ravich, Commissioner on the Cyberspace Solarium Commission and former Deputy National Security Advisor for Vice President Cheneyand was moderated by:Ron Gula, NSI Advisory Board Member and President of Gula Tech Adventures