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Richard Clarke, Counterterrorism Expert, To Address Security Issues

Homeland security, a controversial and emotionally charged topic, is among the critical issues presidential hopefuls cannot circumvent. Candidates are expected to answer questions ranging from multifaceted inquiries to the simplest one: are we safe?

These questions will be addressed at the Conference on Homeland Security Policy at Duquesne University on Thursday, Oct. 25, in the Pappert Lecture Hall of the Bayer Learning Center. Richard Clarke, a counterterrorism expert with 11 consecutive years of White House service, will deliver the keynote speech at 3 p.m. A brief question-and-answer session will immediately follow.

While serving the last three presidents as a senior White House adviser, Clarke occupied a variety of distinct roles such as special assistant to the president for global affairs, national coordinator for security and counterterrorism, and special adviser to the president for cyber security. According to BBC news, Clarke was one of the first U.S. officials to initiate military action against al-Qaida before 2001.

In his best-seller Against All Enemies: Inside America’s War on Terror, Clarke argues that the current administration did not give adequate attention to al-Qaida threats before September 11, and did not concentrate efforts on Osama bin Laden afterward.

Before Clarke’s address, a 1:30 p.m. panel will address homeland security issues from national and local perspectives, such as the current security state of the U.S., the outcome of recent policies and local security efforts. Panelists include Raymond V. DeMichiei, deputy director of the emergency management and homeland security office for the City of Pittsburgh; and Duquesne faculty Dr. Norman Conti, assistant professor of sociology; Dr. Daniel Lieberfeld, assistant professor of social and public policy; and the Rev. John Sawicki, C.S.Sp., assistant professor of political science.

The Conference on Homeland Security Policy is free and open to the public. To register, visit www.duq.edu/clarke or call 412.396.6485.

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