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12:00 Doors open for public
(Dean Acheson Auditorium)
13:15 – 13:20 Chair Ambassador Glendon Remarks
(Dean Acheson Auditorium)
13:20 – 13:40

Introduction of Commissioners – 2 minutes/each

Each commissioner introduces self, provides brief bio, states area of expertise and personal/professional interest in Commission’s work.

13:40 – 13:45 Commissioner Professor Paolo Carozza introduces first speaker
13:45 – 14:10 Remarks: Michael Abramowitz, President of Freedom House, member of the Council on Foreign Relations, former director of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Levine Institute for Holocaust Education, former National Editor and White House correspondent for the Washington Post
14:10 – 14:55 Commissioners’ discussion with Michael Abramowitz
14:55 – 15:10 Break
15:10 Commissioner Professor Paolo Carozza introduces second speaker
15:10 – 15:35 Remarks: Miles Yu, Member of the Policy Planning Staff, Department of State, Professor, U.S. Naval Academy, member, Chinese Military History Society, member, Military History/Contemporary Conflict Working Group, the Hoover Institution, Stanford University
15:35 – 16:20 Commissioners’ discussion with Miles Yu
16:20 – 17:25 Public comment
17:25 – 17:30 Concluding remarks
17:30 – 17:45 Commission meeting adjourns


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