Principled decision-making means not only responsibility to the full circumstances at hand in the moment, it also means there's a responsibility to the Americans 80 years from now who will be contending anew with something like this mess that we're in today...
Rachel Maddow, host of the Emmy Award-winning Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC, delivered the TruCon 2023 keynote address. Maddow was introduced by Monique Alcala, Truman National Security Project Class of ‘16, who also moderated the question-and-answer session after the speech.
Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, United States Ambassador to the United Nations
Jonquilyn Hill, Host, The Weeds
We are in a multi-polar world and we have worked to ensure that we are continuing to take a leadership role in that world.
Vox’s The Weeds, a policy and politics podcast hosted by Jonquilyn Hill, held a special live recording during TruCon featuring Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the United States Ambassador to the United Nations. The episode, available for listening here, covers a wide variety of topics, including diversity in the foreign service, U.S. policy toward Africa, and changes at the United Nations.
2023 Recipient Congressman Jamie Raskin
It’s not my ambition to be in the political center, which blows around with the wind. It's my ambition to be in the moral center.
At TruCon 2023, the Truman Center was proud to present its Award for Exceptional Moral Courage in Public Service to the Honorable Jamie Raskin. The award is given each year to a public servant whose values have led them to do what’s right, even when doing so may have posed personal risk. Representative Raskin, who represents Maryland's Eighth Congressional District and leads Democrats on the House Committee on Oversight and Accountability, has had a distinguished career in both academia and government.
Dr. Alyssa Ayres, Dean of the Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University
The Honorable Gilbert Cisneros, Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness
Dr. Nola Haynes, Academic, Policy-writer and Advocate, Truman Security Fellow ‘23
Akbar Shahid Ahmed (moderator), Senior Foreign Affairs Reporter, HuffPost
The "Diversity in National Security" panel at TruCon 2023 demonstrated Truman's ongoing commitment to diversifying the national security workforce. It focused on the progress made in building a military and national security workforce that reflects America's diversity, as well as the challenges that still need to be addressed, nearly two years after President Biden's Executive Order on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility in the Federal Workforce.
Jordan Blashek, President, COO, and Co-Founder of America’s Frontier Fund
Dr. Morgan Dwyer, Chief Strategy Officer, CHIPS Program Office, U.S. Department of Commerce
Dr. Anne-Marie Slaughter, CEO of New America
Vivian Salama (moderator), Reporter, The Wall Street Journal
The "CHIPS Act, Industrial Policy, & National Security" panel at TruCon 2023 examined one of the Biden Administration's most significant legislative achievements: the passage of the CHIPS and Science Act in August 2022. Vivian Salama, a Wall Street Journal reporter, moderated the discussion that explored the strategic and national security implications of the CHIPS Act and the United States' return to industrial policy, and how the Act and industrial policy affect US-China competition.
Kristofer Goldsmith, Founder and CEO of Task Force Butler Institute, Truman Defense Council ‘16
Amy Spitalnick, CEO of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, Truman Political Partner ‘11
Joe Tate, Speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives, Truman Political Partner ‘17
Amanda Ripley (moderator), Journalist and Author
The "Political Polarization and National Security" panel at TruCon 2023, moderated by author and journalist Amanda Ripley and featuring three Truman National Security Project members, examined the connection between the growing political polarization in the United States and its impact on national security. While Truman has traditionally focused on foreign policy matters, the panel highlighted how internal divisions within the country can threaten domestic stability and, consequently, the image of the United States as a model for advancing democracy and human rights globally.
We are pleased to invite you to attend Truman Center for National Policy’s annual conference.
Truman Center for National Policy develops timely and innovative national security solutions. This year’s conference, TruCon2022: Local Action, Global Impact, will host a range of interactive panels, including:
We hope that you will be able to join us for this event, which will feature high-level speakers from a diverse range of national security perspectives.
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