Event Details

Join Issue One’s ReFormers Caucus and the Alexander Hamilton Society’s George Washington University chapter (AHS GW) for a robust discussion on the state of democracy around the world and the intersection between U.S. foreign policy and political reform in Congress and the Trump administration.


In 2016, the United States suffered unprecedented, malicious attacks from foreign actors through the use of paid, online advertising on the largest social platforms like Facebook and Twitter. Congress responded to the national security threat with hearings that examined both the platforms and the foreign policy in an age where the national security lines between digital and physical boundaries have become blurred.

Congress and the administration should work to limit malicious, foreign influence in U.S. politics and elections — and yet dysfunction in the legislative branch is widespread and the Trump administration has been unwilling to spend political capital to make these national security issues immediate priorities.

Meanwhile, countries in Europe are also trying to respond to attacks from Russia and other foreign adversaries that are attempting to destabilize their democratic governments and sow division among their citizens.

Questions the panel aims to tackle include:

  • What is the state of democracy around the world?

  • What role does the United States play in encouraging democratic best-practices abroad? How does that intersect with soft and hard power strategies?

  • How can Congress and the Trump administration be more proactive — rather than reactive — in defending the country against foreign, political attacks?

  • What is the state of legislation to address these issues, such as the Honest Ads Act (online paid political advertising), EPIC Act (foreign donations) and others.

  • What is next?

Panelists include:

  • Amb. Tim Roemer, Issue One ReFormers Caucus Co-chair

    • Fmr. Ambassador to India (2009-2011)

    • National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (9/11 Commission), Commissioner

    • Fmr. Indiana Democratic Congressman (1991-2003)

  • Sec. John McHugh, Issue One ReFormers Caucus

    • Fmr. 21st Secretary of the Army (2009-2015)

    • Fmr. House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member (2009)

    • Fmr. New York Republican Congressman (1993-2003)

  • Jamie Fly, Senior Fellow and Director, German Marshall Fund

    • GMF, Future of Geopolitics, Asia Program

    • Foreign Policy and National Security Advisor, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) (2013-2017)

    • Executive Director, Foreign Policy Initiative (2009-2013)

    • Fmr. National Security Council and Office of Secretary of Defense

  • Moderator: Meredith McGehee, Executive Director, Issue One

Event details:

January 24, 5:15pm ET

Jack Morton Auditorium, George Washington University

805 21st St NW

Washington, DC 20052


About Issue One:

Issue One is a non-partisan, nonprofit advocacy organization dedicated to political reform and government ethics in order to strengthen democracy and return government to the American people.

Issue One’s ReFormers Caucus is comprised of more than 180 former members of Congress, governors and Cabinet officials and is the largest bipartisan coalition of its kind ever assembled to advocate for solutions to fix our democracy.

About Alexander Hamilton Society:

The Alexander Hamilton Society (AHS) is an independent, non-partisan, not-for-profit, membership organization dedicated to promoting constructive debate on basic principles and contemporary issues in foreign, economic, and national security policy. As we build a national network of outstanding students, faculty, and professionals, we sponsor debates at colleges and universities, as well as in major cities, and provide other opportunities for our members to flourish intellectually, professionally, and personally.

About German Marshall Fund:

Founded in 1972 as a non-partisan, nonprofit organization the German Marshall Fund (GMF) that strengthens transatlantic cooperation on regional, national, and global challenges and opportunities in the spirit of the Marshall Plan. GMF contributes research and analysis and convenes leaders on transatlantic issues relevant to policymakers. GMF offers rising leaders opportunities to develop their skills and networks through transatlantic exchange, and supports civil society in the Balkans and Black Sea regions by fostering democratic initiatives, rule of law, and regional cooperation.

  • When: Wed Jan. 24
    5:15 pm - 6:30 pm

  • Address: 805 21st St NW
    Washington D.C,US 20052

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