June 9, 2021

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The Reiss Center on Law and Security invited guests to a virtual lunchtime discussion with Congresswoman Jane Harman, former CEO of the Wilson Center and former ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, in conversation with Andrew Weissmann, Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Reiss Center and former Senior Prosecutor for Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III. They discussed Harman’s new book, Insanity Defense: Why Our Failure to Confront Hard National Security Problems Makes Us Less Safe. This event was co-hosted with NYU Washington, DC.

Insanity can be defined as doing the same thing over and over again but expecting a different result. As a nation, America has cycled through the same defense and intelligence issues since the end of the Cold War. In Insanity Defense, Congresswoman Jane Harman chronicles how four administrations have failed to confront some of the toughest national security policy issues and suggests achievable fixes that can move us toward a safer future.

A limited number of attendees were provided with copies of Insanity Defense at no charge. This event sought approval for 1 credit of New York State CLE credit. If approved, it will be appropriate for both experienced and newly admitted attorneys.

This program was open to everyone. Registration was required in order to receive Zoom log-in details for the webinar. Please note that this program was recorded.

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The NYU Washington, DC Salon Series: Conversations with Writers & Artists presents an opportunity for the NYU and Washington, DC community to meet and engage in dialogue with acclaimed writers and artists as they reflect on their craft. This program provides facilitated conversations that aim to illuminate the guests’ creative processes, discuss their current works, and explain the impact of their work on the world around us. The Salon Series is made possible by NYU Washington, DC through the collaboration of NYU schools, departments and centers, as well as through special relationships with selected external organizations.