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WikiLeaks - Part I: Implications for National Security and US Foreign Policy

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This is the first installment of our WikiLeaks mini-series. In this video, a panel of renowned experts, moderated by Burkle Center Director Kal Raustiala, discuss the substance of the diplomatic cables, the implications of their release for US national security and foreign policy. They also examine post 9-11 information-sharing policies and practices at the government level that made these leaks possible.

Duration: 1:05:45


DALIA DASSA KAYE is a senior political scientist at the RAND Corporation and a faculty member at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. From 2008 to 2009, she served as associate director of the RAND Center for Middle East Public Policy. Before joining RAND, Kaye served as a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow at the Dutch Foreign Ministry in the policy planning division, specializing in transatlantic relations and Middle East policy. She taught at the University of Amsterdam and was a visiting scholar at the Netherlands Institute of International Relations (Clingendael). Kaye served on the faculty at The George Washington University as an assistant professor of political science and international affairs from 1998 to 2003. Kaye is also the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including a Brookings Institution research fellowship, a junior scholar award from the Smith Richardson Foundation, and The John W. Gardner Fellowship for Public Service. Kaye has published widely on Middle East security issues and is the author of Talking to the Enemy: Track Two Diplomacy in the Middle East and South Asia (RAND Corporation, 2007) and Beyond the Handshake: Multilateral Cooperation in the Arab-Israeli Peace Process (Columbia University Press, 2001). She is also a coauthor of several recent RAND monographs, including The Iraq Effect: The Middle East After the Iraq War (2010). Kaye is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Pacific Council on International Policy. She holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley.

ROBERT TRAGER is an assistant professor in the political science department at the University of California, Los Angeles. His research focuses on how states form beliefs about the intentions of other states, and in particular on the role of diplomacy. He also works on the determinants of coercive success and international terrorism, and has published in International Security, The New York Times, Foreign Policy and The Political Methodologist. He is currently at work on a book entitled Diplomatic Calculus in Anarchy. Before joining UCLA’s faculty, Professor Trager taught at Oxford University and held an Olin Fellowship at Harvard University. He received his BA from Middlebury College and an MSc from the London School of Economics. Before beginning his PhD at Columbia University, he worked in the Investment Banking Division of Lehman Brothers in New York. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Eisenhower Institute, the Public Policy Consortium, the Columbia University Center for Conflict Resolution, and the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy.

AMY ZEGART is an Associate Professor at UCLA's School of Public Affairs, a Fellow at the UCLA Burkle Center for International Relations, a Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and an Advisory Board member for the FBI Intelligence Analysts Association. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in U.S. national security policy, U.S. intelligence, global studies, and public policy. In 2003 she was awarded Public Policy Professor of the Year for excellence in teaching. Zegart has been featured by The National Journal as one of the ten most influential experts in intelligence reform. She worked on the Clinton Administration's National Security Council staff in 1993. She has also testified before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, provided intelligence training to the Marine Corps and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and advised local, state, and federal officials on intelligence and homeland security issues. Her research examines organizational deficiencies of American national security agencies. Her first book, Flawed By Design: The Evolution of the CIA, JCS and NSC (Stanford University Press, 1999), won the highest national dissertation award in Political Science and has become standard reading for several U.S. military and intelligence training programs. More recently, she has written about adaptation failures in the CIA and FBI, the role of presidential commissions, port security, and organizational problems in nonproliferation policy and the U.S. State Department. Her most recent book, Spying Blind: The CIA, the FBI, and the Origins of 9/11 (Princeton University Press, 2007) won the 2008 Louis Brownlow Book Award, the top literary prize given by the National Academy of Public Administration for outstanding contributions to the field.