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2018 Texas National Security Forum Highlights and Media Coverage

Dec 04, 2018

On Friday, November 30, the Clements Center, Strauss Center, and Intelligence Studies Project convened senior policymakers to discuss "The Return of Great Power Competition" at the fifth annual Texas National Security Forum.

The event included panels on Word Order; Russia; Strategies, Tactics, and Tools; and China, all featuring insights from top experts such as former Deputy Secretaries of State Antony Blinken and James Steinberg, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Mary Beth Long, and former Supreme Allied Commander-Europe General Philip Breedlove. 

The forum featured a keynote conversation with Senator Richard Burr, Senator Mark Warner, and Senator John Cornyn discussing the Select Committee on Intelligence investigation into Russian active measures:

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Senator Ben Sasse gave a keynote address outlining a strategic vision for U.S. engagement around the world:

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We also hosted a Special Conversation on Global Threats that featured Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence Sue Gordon, Commander of U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) General Raymond Anthony Thomas, and former SOCOM commanders Admiral William McRaven and Admiral Eric Olson:

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Additional photos of the forum are available on our Flickr page.

Here's just a sample of news coverage of the event: 

Senate Intelligence Chair Says Cohen Plea Sends Message
U.S. News & World Report
Star Tribune
Miami Herald

Cornyn praises prosecution of Trump’s former lawyer for lying
Austin American-Statesman

Senate Intelligence Committee has referred cases of suspected lying to Mueller
Washington Post

Senate panel reviews Donald Trump Jr.'s testimony after Michael Cohen pleads guilty to lying to Congress
USA Today
Detroit Free Press

UT holds national security forum on Russian meddling

Sens. John Cornyn and Richard Burr say Michael Cohen saga proves lying to Congress is unacceptable
Corpus Christi Caller-Times

What is the Senate Intelligence Committee watching most closely in its investigation into Russian election meddling?
Defense One

Richard Burr: ‘If You Lie to Us, We’re Going to Go After You’
Washington Times
Spectrum News
Roll Call

Senate Intel Committee has made criminal references to Mueller, Chairman Reveals
The Daily Caller

Senate intelligence chair says Cohen plea sends message
Houston Chronicle

Senate panel reviews Donald Trump Jr.'s testimony after Michael Cohen pleads guilty to lying to Congress
Detroit Free Press