The Rotunda as seen from the east colonnade

September 11: Twenty Years Later

Date & Time

September 9 - 10, 2021 @ see schedule for times





9/11: Twenty years later

On the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, the 2021 Ambassador William C. Battle Symposium explores its impact on the United States at home and in the world. Drawing on expertise from scholars, practitioners, and journalists, this conference examines the history of this era with an eye toward its implications for the future.

The Ambassador William C. Battle Symposium is an annual event held at the Miller Center that draws attention to topics of importance to American diplomacy and national security.

Thursday, September 09, 2021

3:30 p.m.

WELCOME: Bill Antholis

INTRODUCTIONS: Marc Selverstone

3:35 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

KEYNOTE: Philip Zelikow

4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

CONVERSATION: Tom Donilon, Richard Haass, Ann Compton (moderator)

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Day 1 Speakers

  • William Antholis, Director and CEO of the Miller Center
  • Ann Compton, Former ABC News White House correspondent
  • Tom Donilon, Chairman of the BlackRock Investment Institute and Senior of Counsel at the International Law Firm of O’Melveny & Myers
  • Richard Haass, Veteran Diplomat, a Prominent Voice on American Foreign Policy, and an Established Leader of Nonprofit Institutions
  • Marc Selverstone, Associate Professor in Presidential Studies; Chair of the Presidential Recordings Program, Miller Center
  • Philip Zelikow, White Burkett Miller Professor of History, University of Virginia  

Friday, September 10, 2021

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

PANEL: 9/11 and America Abroad

Eric Edelman, Mel Leffler, Mara Rudman, Stephen Morrison, Steve Mull (moderator)

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

PANEL: 9/11 and America at Home

Rosa Brooks, Barbara Perry, Timothy Recuber, Ben Wittes, Spencer Ackerman (moderator)

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Day 2 Speakers

  • Spencer Ackerman, National-Security Correspondent for outlets like The New Republic, WIRED, The Guardian, and currently The Daily Beast for nearly the entire War on Terror
  • Rosa Brooks, Scott K. Ginsburg Professor of Law and Policy, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Eric Edelman, Former undersecretary of defense for policy, President George W. Bush
  • Melvyn P. Leffler, Co-chair of the History and Public Policy Program Advisory Board at the Wilson Center and Emeritus Professor of American History at the University of Virginia
  • J. Stephen Morrison, James R. Schlesinger Distinguished Professor at the Miller Center; Senior Vice President at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Director of its Global Health Policy Center
  • Stephen D. Mull, Miller Center Practitioner Senior Fellow; Vice Provost for Global Affairs, University of Virginia
  • Barbara Perry, Gerald L. Baliles Professor; Director of Presidential Studies, University of Virginia’s Miller Center
  • Timothy Recuber, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Smith College
  • Mara Rudman, Executive Vice President for Policy at American Progress
  • Benjamin Wittes, Senior Fellow in Governance Studies at The Brookings Institution: Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of Lawfare
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