The Washington Center's "Top Secret" program began this morning. I'll be attempting to post various comments, analyses and reactions as the week continues. Please keep in mind that there are some places we are visiting where laptops and other communication devices are not allowed, and in a related issue there are some sessions that are "off-the-record."
Our faculty leader this week is Juan Zarate, a senior adviser for CSIS' Transnational Threats Project.
In his opening remarks to the faculty and students, Mr. Zarate outlined three questions he hopes students will take from their five-day program. The first: What does national and international security mean in the 21st century? Second, what are the implications of the initial question for the U.S. government and private citizens? Finally, how can people -- be they public or private citizens -- play a role in national security.
Mr. Zarate added that since Sept. 11, 2001 it has become clear that no longer would state actors be the only players in issues of national security around the world. As a result "every corner of the world now matters" as issues of security are discussed.