On May 25, George Floyd’s murder at the hands of Minneapolis police officers sparked a national reckoning to confront the systems of racism and injustice faced by Black Americans in this country that has reverberated around the world. This moment has resulted in a wider acceptance of the reality that systemic racism is a national security threat, and a hard look at how misalignment between American ideals and the realities of life in America for Black people undermines our foreign policy, our ability to lead in the world, and ultimately our security. It will not be possible for the U.S. to build a coherent, values-based foreign policy agenda when our social and racial justice systems at home are so visibly broken.
The national security and foreign policy community has responded with numerous thought pieces, several Congressional hearings, statements of support, pledges of action, closed-door conversations, and social media campaigns. Join us on the three-month anniversary of the start of the movement as leaders in national security and foreign policy discuss the progress that has been made and identify the transformative efforts that will lead to sustained change in the immediate and long term.
We hope you will be a part of this important discussion which strives to start new conversations in the U.S. national security community and directly confront systemic racism in the national security and foreign policy apparatus, as well as our domestic and foreign policies.
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Michèle Flournoy, @michelefournoy
Former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy
Alonzo Fulgham, @AlonzoFulgham
Former Acting USAID Administrator
Ambassador Bonnie Jenkins, @Jenkinsbd
Former Coordinator for Threat Reduction Programs
Camille Stewart, @CamilleEsq
New America Political Reform Program Fellow & cofounder, Diversity in National Security Network
Anne-Marie Slaughter, @SlaughterAM
CEO, New America