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2021 Inclusive National Security Events
Season 1: Racism and National Security

In 2021, InclusiveNatSec focused on the theme of Racism and National Security. The virtual event series featured a range of distinguished keynote speakers from government, academia, and the private sector.

RACISM AND NATIONAL SECURITY

This event took place on September 10, 2021.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Dr. Keisha Blain, Associate Professor of History at the University of Pittsburgh

MODERATOR: Dr. Pauline Shanks Kaurin, Stockdale Chair in Professional Military Ethics at the US Naval War College

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RACISM AND DEFENSE

This event took place on August 11.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Mr. Bishop Garrison, Senior Advisor on Human Capital and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for the Secretary of Defense

MODERATOR: Ms. Nilanthi Samaranayake, Director, Strategy and Policy Analysis Program, CNA

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DECONSTRUCTING NATIONAL SECURITY

This event took place on June 17.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Professor Meera Sabaratnam, Senior Lecturer in International Relations at SOAS University of London

MODERATOR: Dr. Aslı Bâli, Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law and Faculty Director of the Promise Institute for Human Rights

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RACISM AND THE WORK OF DIPLOMACY

This event took place on May 19.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Ambassador Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, US Department of State

MODERATOR: Ms. Tina Wong, Foreign Affairs Officer, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, Office of Policy and Regional Affairs, US Department of State

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RACISM AND CYBERSECURITY

This event took place on April 9.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: Camille Stewart, Head of Security Policy for Google Play and Android Google; Royal Hansen, Vice President of Security at Google

MODERATOR: Dr. Veronica Santos, UCLA Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Associate Dean of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and Faculty Affairs

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RACISM IN TERRORISM AND COUNTERTERRORISM

This event, the first in CNA’s Inclusive National Security initiative, was held in partnership with Black Women in International Affairs (BWINTAF) on February 23.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Lieutenant General Michael Nagata (U.S. Army, ret.), a Strategic Advisor and Senior Vice President at CACI, and formerly the Director of Strategic Operational Planning for the U.S. National Counterterrorism Center, 2016 to 2019.

MODERATOR: Dr. Samer Shehata, Associate Professor in Middle East Studies in the Department of International and Area Studies at the University of Oklahoma.

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