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Tighter Borders and Homeland Security: A US Perspective

24 February 2016 - 8:00am to 9:15am

Chatham House, London


Janet Napolitano, President, University of California; Governor of Arizona (2003-09); US Secretary of Homeland Security (2009-13)



During the ongoing European refugee crisis, much public debate has concentrated on a link between secure borders and domestic terrorism.

Janet Napolitano will draw on her time as US Homeland Security secretary, governor of a border state and president of one of the most diverse university systems in the world to discuss how liberal, multicultural societies can balance humanitarian demands with public calls for tighter borders against a backdrop of a heightened fear of terrorism.

She will discuss the US experience, focusing on the significance of border security in combatting domestic crime and terrorism. What ends can actually be achieved by policies aimed at stricter border security? What are (and aren’t) such policies capable of in an age of mass migration and franchised terrorist groups? And do border-focused solutions to security threats distract from remedies aimed at educational opportunity and economic mobility?

Attendance is strictly by invitation only. To enable as open a debate as possible, this event will be held under the Chatham House Rule.

This event is only open to Major Corporate Member and Partner organizations of Chatham House. To register for this event, please RSVP to Linda Bedford.