Forum Speaker and Panel Videos

Defending Democracy:
Civil and Military Responses to Weaponized Information

Saturday, April 7

Welcome and Introducing the Issue
Cecilia Elena Rouse, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University
David Ignatius, The Washington Post

Panel 1: Defining the Problem – Foreign Policy and Military Challenges


  1. Matt Chessen (@mattlesnake(link is external)), U.S. Department of State 
  2. Chris Inglis, Paladin Capital Group;  Formerly with the National Security Agency 
  3. Clint Watts (@selectedwisdom(link is external)), Foreign Policy Research Institute 

Moderator: Mara Liasson (@MaraLiasson(link is external)), National Public Radio

Panel 2: Defining the Problem – Technological Challenges


  1. Edward W. Felten (@EdFelten(link is external)), Princeton University
  2. Molly Roberts (@mollyeroberts(link is external)), University of California, San Diego
  3. Zeynep Tufekci (@zeynep(link is external)), University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Moderator: Carol Giacomo (@giacomonyt(link is external)), The New York Times 

Panel 3: Defense – How can we defend America’s democracy from attacks rendered through disinformation,  propaganda and other digital  information interference?


  1. R. David Edelman (@R_D(link is external)), Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Formerly with the White House National Security Council/Office of Science and Technology Policy/National Economic Council
  2. Terrell McSweeny (@TMcSweenyFTC(link is external)), Federal Trade Commission 
  3. Philip Michael Napoli (@pmnapoli(link is external)), Duke University 
  4. LtGen Robert Schmidle, Arizona State University; Formerly with the United States Cyber Command
  5. Rand Waltzman (@CogSec(link is external)), RAND Corporation 

Moderator: Jim Rutenberg (@jimrutenberg(link is external)), The New York Times 

Panel 4: Deterrence – What measures can the United States take to deter our adversaries from spreading propaganda in the hopes of sowing unrest?


  1. Christopher Fonzone, Sidley Austin; Formerly with the White House and National Security Council 
  2. Admiral (Ret.) Cecil Haney, Formerly with the United States Strategic Command
  3. Mark R. Jacobson (@markondefense(link is external)), Georgetown University;  Formerly with the Secretary of Defense and Secretary of the Navy
  4. Laura Rosenberger (@rosenbergerlm(link is external)), Alliance for Securing Democracy 
  5. Jacob N. Shapiro (@JacobNShapiro(link is external)), Princeton University 

Moderator: Deborah Amos (@deborahamos(link is external)), National Public Radio and Princeton University

Closing Keynote
General (Ret.) Michael V. Hayden, United States Air Force; Formerly with the Central Intelligence Agency
Speaker Introduction: Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Andrew B. Davis, Princeton Veterans Alumni Association; World War II Foundation