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Challenges to American Security

Challenges to American Security

  • November 14, 2017
  • Date / Time:
  • November 14, 2017
  • 6:00 pm to 9:15 pm
  • Venue:
  • Union League of Philadelphia
  • 140 South Broad Street
  • Philadelphia. PA. US. 19102


FPRI’s 2017 Annual Dinner
Chaired by Marina Kats,  Ronald J.  Naples, Hon. Dov S. Zakheim 


 Tuesday, November 14, 2017
6:00 Reception • 7:00 Dinner • 9:15 Adjournment



Featuring the Presentation of the 13th Annual
Benjamin Franklin Award for Public Service to


Ash Carter
U.S. Secretary of Defense (2015-2017)



A native of Philadelphia, Ash Carter served as the 25th Secretary of Defense (2015-2017). For over 35 years inside government under presidents of both political parties as well as in the private sector, Carter has leveraged his extraordinary experience in national security, technology, and innovation to defend the United States and to make a better world. Carter has taught at many of the world’s outstanding academic institutions, including Stanford, Harvard, and Oxford. He received his doctorate in Theoretical Physics from Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and is the author of 11 books and more than 100 articles, including one in Orbis: FPRI’s Journal of World Affairs.


Carter will join us to discuss how the U.S. can approach the changing global landscape. He will explore how pushing the Pentagon to think “outside of its five-sided box” can improve strategic thinking in foreign policy. Carter will speak to how he has leveraged his extraordinary experience in national security, technology and innovation to defend the U.S. and to create a better world.

Read about the Benjamin Franklin Award for Public Service


Bronze partners and above are guaranteed seats at the Annual Dinner.

Individual tickets are also available for purchase at $300 each.

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