In Destined for War, the eminent Harvard scholar Graham Allison explains why Thucydides’s Trap is the best lens for understanding U.S.-China relations in the twenty-first century. Through uncanny historical parallels and war scenarios, he shows how close we are to the unthinkable. Yet, stressing that war is not inevitable, Allison also reveals how clashing powers have kept the peace in the past — and what painful steps the United States and China must take to avoid disaster today.
The Homeland Security Project will host a conversation with LAPD Director of Constitutional Policing and Policy Arif Alikhan, discussing current issues in immigration, counterterrorism, and constitutional policing policy, as well as prospects for future reforms.
Lunch will be served. Please RSVP here: https://goo.gl/forms/Q0X1B1MfYkdAX95f2
Arif Alikhan is the Director of the Office of Constitutional Policing and Policy for the Los Angeles Police Department where he oversees all policy development, legal affairs, governmental affairs, community and media relations, risk management, internal audits and compliance, and strategic planning. He is also the highest ranking civilian commander in the LAPD and serves as the senior policy advisor to the Chief of Police.
Mr. Alikhan has an extensive background in homeland security, law enforcement, and counterterrorism and has served in several senior government positions including Assistant Secretary for Policy Development at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Deputy Mayor for Homeland Security and Public Safety for the City of Los Angeles and Director of Homeland Security and Law Enforcement for Los Angeles World Airports.
He began his legal career as a law clerk for U.S. District Judge Ronald S.W. Lew of the Central District of California and then joined the White-Collar Criminal Defense Group at Irell & Manella in Los Angeles. He subsequently served as a federal prosecutor for nearly a decade and was appointed to lead the first Cyber and Intellectual Property Crimes Section for the U.S. Attorney’s Officer for the Central District of California. He also served in Washington, D.C. as a Senior Advisor to two U.S. Attorneys General on Cybercrime and Intellectual Property issues.
Mr. Alikhan was a Distinguished Professor of Counterterrorism and Homeland Security at National Defense University’s College of International Security Affairs in Washington, D.C. and has been a featured lecturer at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, UCI, UCLA, Duke, University of North Carolina, Penn State, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles and Georgetown. He has also taught Constitutional Criminal Procedure at USC’s Gould School of Law.
Mr. Alikhan earned his J.D. from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles and B.A. in Social Ecology from UCI.
This seminar is cohosted by the IGA PIC. It is off the record and nothing said can be published without the speaker's permission.