American Bar Association
Section of International Law: National Security Committee

Section of International Law:
National Security Committee

About the Committee

National Security Committee members examine political, military, economic, social, legal and naturally occurring events throughout the world and evaluate how they affect the security interests of the United States and other nations. Members analyze these events, and responses of decision-makers, in the context of the rule of law. Members are active in the areas of intelligence, immigration, cybersecurity, asymmetrical warfare, supply chain security, nuclear non-proliferation, space weaponization, international governing bodies such as the UN and NATO, and in various geographic regions worldwide. Members produce programs for regular ABA International Section meetings and other venues, including the United Nations and Capitol Hill, publish articles and promulgate policy proposals regarding national security topics.

Committee Programs, Meetings and Events

Committee Events

National Security Committee Monthly Teleconference

May 30, 2018

Dear Colleagues:

This is an invitation to our next ABA SIL National Security Committee call: Wednesday, May 30, 2018, at 3 pm EST.

At the start of the call, we will host a guest speaker for about a half-hour of presentation and questions. The usual rules apply: No recordings; no attribution; no speeches by participants instead of questions…We will finish the hour with any announcements, followed by the steering committee business discussion (open to all).

The speaker at this next monthly call will be Dr. Evelyn Farkas. Dr. Farkas will speak on the planned North Korea summit and related foreign policy issues. A brief biography follows and call-in information is posted afterwards.

Dr. Evelyn N. Farkas is a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, and a national security analyst for NBC/MSNBC. She served from 2012 to 2015 as deputy assistant secretary of defense for Russia/Ukraine/Eurasia, responsible for policy toward Russia, the Black Sea, Balkans, and Caucasus regions and conventional arms control. From 2010 to 2012 she served as senior adviser to the supreme allied commander Europe and special adviser to the secretary of defense for the NATO Summit. Prior to that, she was a senior fellow at the American Security Project, and Executive Director of the Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism. From April 2001 to April 2008, she served as a professional staff member of the Senate Armed Services Committee on Asia Pacific, Western Hemisphere, Special Operations Command, peace and stability operations, combatting terrorism, counternarcotics, homeland defense, and export control policy.

From 1997 to 2001 Farkas was a professor of international relations at the US Marine Corps Command and Staff College. She served in Bosnia with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in 1996 to 1997, and was an election observer in Afghanistan in 2009. She has published numerous journal articles and opinion pieces and “Fractured States and U.S. Foreign Policy: Iraq, Ethiopia, and Bosnia in the 1990s” (Palgrave/St. Martin’s Press, 2003, 2008). She speaks Hungarian and German, has studied French, Spanish, Russian, Serbo-Croatian, and Hindi. Dr. Farkas obtained her MA and PhD from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She is a member of the board of trustees of Franklin & Marshall College and Aspen Institute Socrates Seminar, and Harold Rosenthal Fellowship advisory boards. She has received several Department of Defense and foreign awards and an honorary doctorate from Franklin & Marshall College.

Committee Teleconference Information
National Security Committee
US Dial-in Number (local toll): (515) 604-9050, Access Code: 526900

(When you are dialing into the US number, if you receive a message saying “All circuits are busy,” try dialing in again. If that doesn’t work, call the backup number [781-838-3391] and enter the original phone number when prompted, before entering the Access Code.)

Section Events

    International 101 Bootcamp

    JW Marriott Marquis

    The ABA Section of International Law is pleased to offer its next series in the International Law Bootcamp Program, an engaging presentation that will provide a practical overview of how international law impacts legal practice across several areas, including: Contracts Litigation Ethics Anti-Corruption ...

    Comparative Methodology and Attribution in Cyber Operations


    A major issue in responding to Cyber Operations is the question of attribution. As with rules of engagement in combat, both law and policy have assumed stringent requirements of positive identification of adversaries. This is a very hard standard to meet in the world of cyberspace where actors usually ...

    10th Annual Moscow Conference on the Resolution of International Business Disputes


    The ABA Section of International Law is partnering with Russian Arbitration Association to host its 10thAnnual Confernece on The Resolution of CIS-Related Business Disputes. We will be handling all credit card payment registrations denominated in USD. If you would like to pay in Rubles or by wire, please ...

Past Committee Programs

A collection of materials from past Committee-sponsored events.



Lindholm, Danielle
O'Neill, Philip
Trujillo, Maximiliano


Atwood, Tristan
Christensen, Larry
Goodale, Geoffrey
Liebman, Todd
Linney, Barbara
McGlynn, Daniel
McHugh, Robert
Meyer, Jonathan
Murphy, Brian
Neylan, Shawn
Petty, Keith
Prestia, Joseph
Provvidera, Marco
Quinlan, Guy
Vallandingham, Christopher
Weinstein, Bonnie


Buckley, Gabrielle
Golden, Jeffrey
Granoff, Jonathan
Mooney, Lelia
Reider-Gordon, Mikhail

Committee Roster  

Modified by Christopher Vallandingham on May 29, 2018

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