At Penn Law, Hayden, Other Experts to Discuss Foreign Interference With Democratic Institutions

To address Russian cyberhacking during last year’s Presidential election, the proliferation of “fake news,” and the stepped-up use of “active measures” by the Russian government to influence U.S. policy, the Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law (CERL) at the University of Pennsylvania will host a special, half-day event on April 18 featuring a lecture by General Michael Hayden, former Director of the CIA and the National Security Agency.

The event will also include a moderated audience discussion with Gen. Hayden led by CERL’s Founder and Faculty Director and Algernon Biddle Professor of Law Claire Finkelstein.

The day’s events are being held in conjunction with the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) in Washington, D.C, and with support from the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Advanced Research in Global Communication (CARGC).

Leading up to General Hayden’s speech, CERL will hold two interdisciplinary panel discussions on various aspects of the problem of foreign interference with democratic institutions. Featured participants include:

  • Adrian Basora, Director of the Eurasia Program at the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI) and former U.S. Ambassador to Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic
  • Douglas Birch, freelance journalist and former National Security reporter, Center for Public Integrity and Moscow Bureau Chief of the Associated Press
  • Tarun Chhabra, Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution and the Perry World House, and former Director of Strategic Planning and Director for Human Rights and National Security at the National Security Council (NSC)
  • Carrie Cordero, a private practitioner, cybersecurity expert, and former Director of National Security Studies at Georgetown University Law Center
  • Gary Corn, Staff Judge Advocate, U.S. Cyber Command
  • Luke Harding, Foreign Correspondent and former Moscow Bureau Chief for The Guardian
  • Fred Kagan, Resident Scholar and Director, Critical Threats Project, AEI
  • Sean Kanuck, Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University and former U.S. National Intelligence Officer for Cyber Issues, 2011-16
  • George Lucas, Professor of Philosophy and Public Policy at the Naval Postgraduate School
  • Timothy P. Murphy, President of Thomson Reuters Special Services and former Deputy Director of the FBI
  • Daniel (DJ) Rosenthal, Associate Managing Director, Kroll; former NSC Director for Counterterrorism and Senior Counsel at the ODNI and DOJ
  • David Sanger, Chief Washington Correspondent, The New York Times
  • William Burke-White, Richard Perry Professor of Law and Director of the Perry World House at the University of Pennsylvania

The schedule for the day’s events can be found here.

The Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law (CERL) is a non-partisan interdisciplinary research and policy institute, housed at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and dedicated to the preservation and promotion of ethics and the rule of law in twenty-first century warfare, other transnational conflicts, and U.S. national security.  CERL holds conferences, publishes scholarship, issues briefing papers, and undertakes other activities in the furtherance of its mission.  For more information about CERL’s work, please contact its Executive Director, David Sadoff, at