March 12, 2021 | 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

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As part of its Strategic Dialogue on Civic Education as a National Security Imperative, CSIS invites you to a conversation with FBI Director Christopher Wray and national security lawyers to get their perspectives on why civic education is a national security issue.

Why is it important for the American public to understand the role of national security institutions and the rule of law in our democracy? Why is it important for individuals operating within these institutions to come in with a strong understanding of these concepts? And how does civic education play a role in rebuilding that trust, maximizing security, and strengthening our democracy?

Following opening remarks from Director Wray and a fireside chat with Suzanne Spaulding, Senior Adviser for Homeland Security at CSIS, CSIS will host an expert panel co-sponsored by the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Law and National Security.


  • James E. Baker, Director, Institute for Security Policy and Law, Syracuse University; Former Chief Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
  • Steve Bunnell, Chief Legal Officer, Diem Association; Former General Counsel, DHS
  • M. Tia Johnson, Visiting Professor, Georgetown Law; Colonel (ret.), U.S. Army JAG Corps
  • Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker, Former General Counsel, NSA and CIA
  • Jennifer O’Connor, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Northrop Grumman; Former General Counsel, DoD
  • Christopher Wray, Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation
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