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 24, 2017

The National Security Committee will hold its next monthly conference call on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 3 pm WDC Time.

The speaker at this next monthly call will be Mr. Eric Pelofsky, who will talk on security issues in Yemen and the Middle East.

Eric Pelofsky is a visiting fellow at The Washington Institute in the Program on Arab Politics. A veteran of sixteen years of government service across three administrations, he held senior postings in Baghdad, New York, and Washington dealing with numerous Middle East issues.

Prior to leaving the government in January 2017, Pelofsky was special assistant to the President and senior director for North Africa and Yemen at the White House, where he focused on crafting policy responses to the ongoing war in Yemen and interfacing with key Gulf Arab partners to mitigate the crisis.

Before joining the National Security Council staff, Pelofsky served as a senior advisor to the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations; as a professional staff member on the Select Senate Intelligence Committee; an attorney in the State Department’s Office of the Legal Adviser; and deputy general counsel for the Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad, Iraq.

A graduate of Haverford College, Pelofsky received his masters of public policy from Georgetown University and his law degree from Cornell Law School. Before joining the State Department in 2000, Pelofsky worked at the law firm White & Case LLP in its corporate and financial services practice.

When USG Leases High-Security Space from Foreign Owners

May 18, 2017

Section of International Law

National Security Committee

Reed Smith LLP
1301 K Street, N.W.
Suite 1000, East Tower
Washington, DC 20005-3317

On January 31st, 2017, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) of the U.S. Government (USG) released a report examining the beneficial ownership of buildings leased through the General Services Administration (GSA). It found that found that GSA is leasing high-security space from foreign owners in 20 buildings. The 26 tenant agencies occupy about 3.3 million square feet and use the space, in some cases, for classified operations and to store law enforcement evidence and sensitive data. GAO was unable to identify ownership information for about one-third of the high-security leases because ownership information was not readily available.

GAO will discuss the findings and recommendations in its report (found here). Their team members will be joined by colleagues who are engaged in follow-up actions, triggered by these findings.


Michael J. Lowell, Co-Chair, International Trade and National Security Group, Reed Smith LLP
Toni Gillich, Assistant Director, Forensic Audits and Investigative Service, GAO


Keith Cunningham, Assistant Director, Physical Infrastructure, U.S. Government Accountability Office
Cam Flores, Attorney, General Counsel, U.S. Government Accountability Office
Jaclyn Cahan, Counsel, Office of Congressman Stephen F. Lynch (MA-08)
Eryn Schornick, Counsel, Policy Advisor, Global Witness
Kurt Stout, EVP, Colliers International

Section Events

    Antitrust Enforcement in Argentina – A Talk with the Enforcers


    At the end of 2015, Argentina introduced major reforms to its economic policies. Antitrust is at the forefront of the priorities of the new administration, with the introduction of new agencies, draft legislation, more antitrust investigations, faster merger reviews, and the use of new economic methodologies ...

    2017 Europe Forum

    Fairmont Rey Juan Carlos I

    For a full listing of Forum programming and events, click on Forum Schedule. For a listing of just ticketed events, click on Event Schedule tab. Book your hotel before May 18th to receive reduced conference

    Are You Protected?: Maintaining Confidentiality & Enforcing Trade Secret Rights in China


    The event will be held on 06/27/2017. The format is Web. The event sponsor(s) are Cybersecurity Legal Task Force,Center for Professional Development,Law Practice Division,Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division,Section of International Law,Section of Litigation,Section of Intellectual Property Law,Section of Science & Technology Law. The event has 1.50 CLE Credits .

Past Committee Programs

A collection of materials from past Committee-sponsored events.



Hendrix, Steven
Lindholm, Danielle
O'Neill, Philip


Carlson, James
Goodale, Geoffrey
Liebman, Todd
Meyer, Jonathan
Prestia, Joseph
Trujillo, Maximiliano
Vallandingham, Christopher


Drew, Rodger

Committee Roster  

Modified by Christopher Vallandingham on May 23, 2017

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