White House Warriors: The Past, Present, and Future of the National Security Council

John Gans, Director of Communications and Research, Perry World House, University of Pennsylvania. Moderated by Ivo H. Daalder.

The position of National Security Advisor has been described as one of the most demanding jobs in Washington. After McGeorge Bundy transformed the role in 1961, its occupant has become a key interagency manager, honest broker, and foreign policy advisor to the president. And while notable figures like Brent Scowcroft and Henry Kissinger have held the position in the past, John Gans argues that “until the explosive Trump presidency, few Americans could even name a member” of the National Security Council. How has the role of NSA influenced American foreign policy in the past? What is the future of the National Security Council in key decision-making?

Copies of John Gans’ newest book White House Warriors: How the National Security Council Transformed the American Way of War will be available for purchase.

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