Since the emergence of the Islamic State, the threat of Western fighters in Syria and Iraq returning to the West has become a great concern. The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) between the United States and 38 foreign nations has come under fire due to the perceived vulnerability of the program in allowing terrorists to enter the U.S. undetected. Our panel will examine the VWP and discuss why, in addition to economic and diplomatic benefits, the Visa Waiver Program may actually improve U.S. security, not endanger it.
More About the Speakers
Opening Remarks by
The Honorable Michael Chertoff
Former Secretary of Homeland Security, and Executive Chairman, The Chertoff Group
With Commentaries from
Former Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for Policy, and Partner, Steptoe and Johnson LLP
President, Tourism Economics
Research Associate, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity, The Heritage Foundation
Closing Remarks by
H.E. Ryszard Schnepf
Ambassador of Poland to the United States
Steven P. Bucci, Ph.D.
Visiting Fellow, Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign and National Security Policy