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DURHAM, N.C. -- Lisa Monaco, chief counterterrorism and homeland security adviser to President Obama during his second term, will speak at Duke Wednesday, Sept. 13, as part of an annual series of events around the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

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As the assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism, Monaco was responsible for policy coordination and crisis management on issues ranging from terrorist attacks at home and abroad to natural disasters and cybersecurity.

The Terry Sanford Distinguished Lecture, “Counterterrorism in the Trump Era,” will take place at 6 p.m. in the Sanford School of Public Policy’s Fleishman Commons. Parking for the event, which is free and open to the public, will be available in the Science Drive Visitors lot.

Duke will also livestream the talk on the Sanford School of Public Policy’s Facebook and YouTube pages.

David Schanzer, Sanford professor and director of the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security, will moderate the discussion, as well as an audience Q&A.

“Lisa Monaco was in the Oval Office and the Situation Room as President Obama was making key national security decisions about the Syrian civil war, responding to the Edward Snowden leaks, and addressing ISIS-inspired attacks inside the United States,” says Schanzer. “As a key adviser at the top level of the U.S. government she has unique insights into the threats America faces and the difficult tradeoffs presidents must consider when setting national security policy.”

Prior to her work at the White House, Monaco spent 15 years in the Justice Department and the FBI helping then-Director Robert S. Mueller III transform the FBI after 9/11 into a national security organization focused on preventing terrorist attacks on the United States. 

The Terry Sanford Distinguished Lecture is made possible by support from the William R. Kenan Charitable Trust. In addition to the Sanford School of Public Policy, this talk is co-sponsored by the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security at Duke University and Duke’s program in American Grand Strategy.