2002: Crisis in the 21st Century – Challenges and Impact on American Life


The theme for the 2002 Panetta Lecture Series was “Crisis in the 21st Century – Challenges and Impact on American Life.”

In the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks, the series discussed our nation’s reaction and response to the new realities of terrorism and war. A diverse group of speakers considered the implications of the attack on our nation’s security, budget and civil liberties.

Topic Speakers
Fighting Terrorism – Diplomacy, Defense and Deficits Warren Rudman
William Safire
(Leon Panetta, Moderator)
Governing in Crisis – The Role of War, Money and Politics Norman Ornstein
Cokie Roberts
(Leon Panetta, Moderator)
Covering the War – The Search for Truth and the Threat to Journalists Gloria Borger
Bernard Shaw (Leon Panetta, Moderator)
Tracking the Terrorists – Balancing our Nation’s Security and Freedoms Lee Hamilton,
Barry McCaffrey
William Sessions
(Leon Panetta, Moderator)
Special Forum
Responding to the Attack – Terror Rescue and Relief
Rudolph Giuliani
Richard Grasso
(Leon Panetta, Moderator)