Former US counterterrorism official to deliver speech after being appointed ANU Visiting Fellow

Former Director of the United States Government’s National Counterterrorism Center, Nicholas Rasmussen, will deliver a public seminar at The Australian National University (ANU) on Wednesday on the relationship between the US national security community and its political administration.

Rasmussen will discuss the national security implications of the change in the balance of power in the US Congress, and the role of national security in supporting strategy and policy, with a focus on his experience in counterterrorism, including the fight against ISIS and the operation to find Osama bin Laden.

Rasmussen will be joining the ANU National Security College on a short-term appointment as a Vice-Chancellor’s Visiting Fellow.

Rasmussen served in senior national security appointments under Presidents Bush, Obama and Trump. He has had a 27 year career as a national security expert within the US Government.

More details of the event can be found here:

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WHAT: Seminar - Operations, optics and the Oval Office: National security in challenging times

WHERE: Molonglo Theatre, JG Crawford Building 132, Lennox Crossing, ANU

WHEN: 6.00PM–7.00PM, Wednesday 21 Nov 2018

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