The Situation Room: Global Policy-Making in the White House

David Scheffer, Mayer Brown/Robert A. Helman Professor of Law, Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law

The Situation Room: Global Policy-Making in the White House

Located in the basement of the White House, the Situation Room has been the scene of some of modern history’s most fraught moments. For years it has served as a secure communications center with global reach, where policymakers analyze highly classified intelligence while debating and guiding America’s national and foreign strategy. In the early 1990s, the “Sit Room” housed opposing views among diplomats, military and intelligence officers, and White House staff on how to end the Bosnian War, the deadliest conflict in Europe since WWII. Join the Council for a behind-the-scenes account into the complexities and challenges of global policy-making in the White House’s most guarded decision-making space. 

Copies of David Scheffer’s latest book, The Sit Room: In the Theater of War and Peace, will be available for sale and signing after the program from the Book Cellar.

Speaker Bio


5:15 p.m. Registration 
5:30 p.m. Presentation and Q&A
6:30 p.m. Adjournment