Deep State: Persecution or Paranoia?

Michael J. Glennon, Professor of International Law, The Fletcher School, Tufts University; Mike Lofgren, Former Senior Analyst, United States Congress. Moderated by Jerome McDonnell.

Deep State: Persecution or Paranoia?

During his first few weeks in the White House President Trump confronted a series of damaging leaks originating, he alleged, from within US intelligence community. Many of Trump’s allies argue that these disclosures prove the existence of a shadow government of ideologically-hostile bureaucrats, scheming to derail his presidency. Other world leaders have made similar assertions, including Turkey’s President Erdogan, who last summer clamped down on what he charged was a massive coup, orchestrated by a “deep state” conspiracy. How should these claims be assessed? Does insider plotting pose a real threat to elected governments, or are deep state accusations a political ploy?

This program is being recorded and will be broadcast on WBEZ's Worldview.

Copies of Michael Glennon’s National Security and Double Government and Mike Lofgren’s The Deep State: The Fall of the Constitution and the Rise of a Shadow Government will be available for sale and signing by The Book Cellar at the program.

Speaker Bio


Security Breach: Trump's Tussle with the Bureaucratic State
Glennon, Michael J., Harpers, June, 2017

As Leaks Multiply, Fears of a 'Deep State' in America
Taub, Amanda, and Fisher, Max, The New York Times, February 16, 2017

President Trump's Allies Keep Talking About the 'Deep State.' What's That?
Abamson, Alana, Time, March 8, 2017

There is No Deep State
Remnick, David, The New Yorker, March 20, 2017


5:30 p.m.       
Registration and cash bar reception

6:00 p.m.       
Presentation and Q&A

7:15 p.m.        
Adjournment and book signing

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