National Security and the 2016 Presidential Election: A Survey of the Field

Following the first debate of 2016 presidential candidates, YPFP NY invites you to a panel discussion on Tuesday, August 11, 2015 on national security and the 2016 presidential election.

National security experts Asha Castleberry (American Security Project Adjunct Fellow),  Zachary Goldman (Executive Director, The Center on Law and Security at NYU Law), and Mitchell Silber (Executive Managing Director, K2 Intelligence) will delve in to the topics getting the most attention from the candidates, as well as significant areas that might have been overlooked.

Event schedule:

6:15 pm - doors open

6:15-6:45 pm - Reception

6:45-8:00 pm - Panel discussion

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About the Panel:

A U.S. Army veteran and American Security Project Adjunct Fellow, Asha Castleberry recently completed a 30-month deployment in the Middle East.  Since the 2014 ISIL incursion in Iraq, she served for for Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve in Iraq and Kuwait.  From December 2012 to June 2014, Asha served as the Kuwait Desk Officer for International Military Affairs, U.S. Army Central.  In 2011, she received a student fellowship to work with the Military Staff Committee at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations.  Asha serves on the Board of Advisors of America’s Impact, Veterans 4 Diplomacy, and Women Veterans and Families Network.  She is a also a member of the Truman National Security Project’s Defense Council and a cofounder of International Youth Council.  A graduate of Hampton University and Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, Asha is a New Leaders Council Fellow and was chosen as one the Diplomatic Courier’s Top 99 Under 33 Foreign Policy Leaders.

Zachary K. Goldman is the Executive Director of the Center on Law and Security and an Adjunct Professor of Law at NYU School of Law. Zachary returned to NYU after having served for several years in the US government.  He first served as a policy advisor in the US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, where he was the subject matter expert on terrorist financing in the Arabian Peninsula, and worked on the development of Iran sanctions policy. He then served at the US Department of Defense as a Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In the private sector, Zachary worked in the litigation department of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in New York. He has published on national security strategy, financial sanctions, cybersecurity, counterterrorism, and US foreign policy in outlets such as The New York Times, Foreign Affairs, Political Science Quarterly, Cold War History, The Atlantic, The Diplomat, The National Interest, and others. He is the co-editor, with Samuel Rascoff, of “Intelligence Oversight:  A Global View,” an edited volume on comparative approaches to intelligence oversight, which will be published by Oxford University Press in 2016. Zachary is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security. He received his JD from New York University School of Law, his Masters in International Relations from the London School of Economics, and his BA from Harvard University.

As Executive Managing Director of the Threat Intelligence and Data Analytics practice for the Americas, Mitch Silber is responsible for building K2 Intelligence’s cyber intelligence capabilities and potential technology partnerships in the U.S.  This includes identifying and partnering with venture stage companies that are creating cutting edge analytics and cyber security capabilities, designing new uses for them in the business intelligence and investigations arena and creating new business practice areas around them. Mitch also leads K2’s strategic acquisition and investment efforts and is regularly meeting and assessing new technology/companies.He is a co-author of Cyberwarfare: Understanding the Law, Policy and Technology (2014 Thomson Reuters) and is a regular commentator on Internet threat intelligence, including the use of non-traditional channels such as social media, the deep web and dark net, for both print and broadcast news outlets.Prior to his role at K2 Intelligence, Mitch was the Director of Intelligence Analysis for the New York City Police Department (NYPD) where he supervised the Intelligence Division’s entire portfolio of ongoing terrorism-related investigations. He also built and managed both the Analytic and Cyber Intelligence Units. Mitch has presented on behalf of the NYPD at the White House, National Security Council, CIA, FBI, and National Counter Terrorism Center and testified before the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. He was a co-author of the 2007 NYPD report – Radicalization in the West: The Homegrown Threat and is also the author of The Al Qaeda Factor: Plots Against the West, published in 2012 by University of Pennsylvania Press.Mitch is a visiting lecturer at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) where he teaches a course on Modern Urban Counterterrorism. He also serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board at SIPA and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.Before earning his Masters Degree at Columbia, Mitch spent nine years in corporate finance as a partner at The Carson Group and as a principal at Evolution Capital, LLC, a boutique investment bank.Mitch received his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.


Moderator: Alex Mahler-Haug is the Director of Research and Analyst at NewWorld Capital Group. Before joining NewWorld, Ms. Mahler-Haug was Research Associate for Energy and National Security at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. Previously she worked for the House of Representatives Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs and the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs' Subcommittee on Contracting Oversight. Ms. Mahler-Haug is also the Director of Communications for Young Professionals in Foreign Policy, for which she has volunteered in various capacities since 2008.

August 11, 2015 at 6:15pm - 9:15pm
347 W 36th St Suite 605, New York, New York 10018
347 W 36th St
Suite 605
New York, NY 10018
United States
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