The Challenges for Democracies Facing Asymmetric Conflicts

National Press Club529 14th Street NW, 13th floor Washington, D.C. 20045 

Partnering Organization: The Rand Corporation

While conventional warfare between nations declined in the past half-century, democratic countries increasingly have become involved in conflicts with non-state actors. No two nations have had more experience dealing with asymmetric conflicts than Israel and the United States. Both nations have succeeded in protecting their citizens, but at great cost and amid criticism from abroad and at home. We will discuss lessons learned in using military force in response to terrorism, as well as the legal, ethical, and moral implications of doing so.

On December 4, 2014, IDI and the Rand Corp. hosted an event in Washington DC on "The Challenges for Democracies Facing Asymmetric Conflicts," as part of Rand's Policy Briefing Series. Information about the program and speakers can be found below.

5:45 pm – Reception
6:30 pm – Program
7:30 pm – Post-program Reception


  • James Kitfield, Senior Fellow, Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress; Contributing Editor, National Journal