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President Trump as Commander in Chief: A Status Report

Nov 29, 2017 04:30PM to 06:00PM
Robertson Hall
Arthur Lewis Auditorium
Open to the Public
Michèle Flournoy, Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Center for a New American Security; former Undersecretary of Defense for Policy, U.S. Department of Defense * Barton Gellman '82, lecturer at the Woodrow Wilson School

During his tenure as commander in chief, President Donald Trump has declared North Korea a state sponsor of terrorism, and proposed a ban on transgender troops in the military. What other events mark his military leadership, and what may he do next?

Michèle Flournoy, former undersecretary of defense for policy at the U.S. Department of Defense, will give a status report on President Trump as commander in chief.

Joining Flournoy is Barton Gellman ’82, lecturer and author in residence at Princeton’s Center for International Security Studies.

Flournoy is co-founder and chief executive officer of the Center for a New American Security, a non-partisan think tank dedicated to developing strong, pragmatic and principled national security policies. As the undersecretary of defense for policy from February 2009 to February 2012, she was the principal adviser to the secretary of defense in the formulation of national security and defense policy, oversight of military plans and operations, and in National Security Council deliberations. Prior to confirmation, she co-led President Obama’s transition team at the Defense Department.

Flournoy was a member of President Obama’s Intelligence Advisory Board and of CIA Director John Brennan’s External Advisory Board, and is currently a member of the Defense Policy Board, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Aspen Strategy Group, and a senior fellow at Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. She is visiting the School as its Joseph S. Nye Jr. ’58 International Affairs Lecturer.

Gellman is a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize. Since June 2013, he has been writing stories for The Washington Post about the National Security Agency documents provided to him by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. He had previously worked for The Post from 1988 to 2010, serving tours as legal, military, diplomatic and Middle East correspondent. His books include “Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency,” “Contending with Kennan: Toward a Philosophy of American Power,” and, as co-author, “In the Nation’s Service: Seventy-Five Years at the Woodrow Wilson School.” Gellman has received a George Polk Award, a Henry Luce Award and Harvard’s Goldsmith Prize for investigative reporting.