VIRTUAL EVENT: Starr Forum: Beyond 9/11: Homeland Security for the 21st Century

Friday, September 11, 2020 at 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Virtual Event

Please register for this Zoom event at

Drawing on two decades of government efforts to “secure the homeland,” experts offer crucial strategic lessons and detailed recommendations for homeland security. This talk features the findings in the recently published book, edited by Chappell Lawson, Alan Bersin, & Juliette Kayyem, Beyond 9/11: Homeland Security for the Twenty-First Century.


Juliette Kayyem, Senior Lecturer in International Security at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, where she is Faculty Chair of the Homeland Security and Security and Global Health Projects. She served as President Obama’s Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs at the Department of Homeland Security. 


Alan Bersin, the Inaugural Fellow of the Homeland Security Project at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He previously served as Commissioner of US Customs and Border Protection, Assistant Secretary for Policy & International Affairs and Chief Diplomatic Officer in the US Department of Homeland Security. 

Stevan E Bunnell, Chief Legal Officer, Libra Association, and a former General Counsel of the US Department of Homeland Security.

Chappell Lawson, Associate Professor of Political Science at MIT. Lawson was a political appointee in the Obama Administration, serving as Executive Director of Policy/Planning and Senior Advisor to the Commissioner of US Customs and Border Protection. 

Admiral Peter Neffenger (USCG Ret), a distinguished Senior Fellow with the Global Resilience Institute at Northeastern University. He served as the Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) from July 2015 to January 20, 2017.  Prior to TSA, Neffenger was the 29th Vice Commandant of the US Coast Guard, earning the rank of Vice Admiral. Previous positions include Coast Guard Deputy Commandant for Operations and Deputy National Incident Commander.

Amy Pope, Senior Non-resident Fellow of the Atlantic Council, and Partner at Schillings, and Associate Fellow, US and the Americas Programme at Chatham House. She was US Deputy Homeland Security Advisor to the President of the United States.

Seth Stodder, Partner at Holland & Knight LLP. He served in the Obama Administration as Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for Border, Immigration & Trade Policy and as Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for Threat Prevention & Security Policy.  Under President George W Bush, he was director of Policy and Planning for US Customs and Border Protection and counselor/senior policy advisor to US Customs Commissioner.


Event Poster

Co-sponsors:  MIT Center for International Studies (CIS)

View Event Poster

Watch Video

Free & open to the public 
Also watch it on Facebook live or on-demand on YouTube.
For more information or accessibility accommodations please contact

Sign up for Starr Forum emails to get notified about upcoming events.

A full listing of Starr Forums is available here.

Event Type


Events By Interest

Academic, General

Events By Audience

Public, MIT Community, Students, Faculty, Alumni, Staff

Events By School

School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (SHASS)


Starr Forum, Center for International Studies, CIS, MIT Security Studies Program, SSP, MISTI, starrforum



free and open to the public

Center for International Studies


Contact Email

Add to my calendar

Recent Activity

You're not going yet!

This event requires registration.