Contrary to claims that al Qaeda is "on the run," the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi on September 11, 2012 proved that terrorists in the Middle East have regrouped for an extended conflict with the United States. The closing of U.S. embassies in August throughout the Middle East and North Africa indicate that belatedly the U.S. government is prioritizing diplomatic safety. Tragically, that was not the case last year when the late U.S. ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens was pleading for added security for the U.S. diplomatic facility in Benghazi.
On the anniversary of the September 11 attacks, New York and Washington in 2001 and Benghazi 2012, the Heritage Foundation will host a discussion by distinguished experts on Benghazi one year later: How far diplomatic security and intelligence sharing has been improved; the state of Congressional investigations into the administration's actions on September 11 and in its aftermath, and the wider consequences for U.S. policy in a turbulent Middle East.
More About the Speakers
Featuring Keynote Remarks by
The Honorable Allen West
Former United States Representative, and Director of Programming, NextGeneration.tv
Followed by a Panel Discussion with
Associate Professor of Strategic Studies, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS),
Johns Hopkins University
Director, Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies, The Heritage Foundation
Senior Fellow, National Security Affairs, Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies, The Heritage Foundation
Helle C. Dale
Senior Fellow for Public Diplomacy