Upcoming Brueggeman events include security consultant Richard Clarke and the annual Africa summit

Clarke will speak on security challenges facing governments and corporations | August 23, 2011

The Brueggeman Center for Dialogue is hosting two events in September beginning with a discussion by Richard A. Clarke on “Crime, Espionage and War in Cyberspace: The Challenge to Governments and Corporations” on Thursday, Sept. 15. The second event is the Second Annual Africa Foundation-USA Summit on Saturday, Sept. 17.

Both events take place in the James and Caroline Duff Banquet Center in the Cintas Center, and both are free and open to the public.

Clarke, who served the last three U.S. Presidents as senior White House advisor, is an internationally-recognized expert on homeland security, national security, cyber security and counterterrorism. He is currently an on-air consultant for ABC News and teaches at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.

His talk focuses on the growing need for governments and corporations to assess how they view security to defend against a determined and sophisticated array of attacks against highly defended communications networks. Clarke addresses these threats by analyzing cyber crime, cyber espionage and cyber war, and will demonstrate how increasing security to counter these activities will enable governments and corporations to function with confidence.

Clarke gained unprecedented experience in his field during his 11 years in the White House, when he held titles of Special Assistant to the President for Global Affairs, National Coordinator for Security and Counterterrorism, and Special Advisor to the President for Cyber Security. Prior to his White House years, Clarke served 19 years in the Pentagon, the Intelligence Community and the State Department. Under Reagan, he was Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence and under George Bush, he was Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs. In that position, he coordinated diplomatic efforts to support the 1990-1991 Gulf War and the subsequent security arrangements.

Clarke’s presentation begins at 7:30 p.m. His appearance is co-sponsored by the Foreign Policy Leadership Council.

On Sept. 17, the Brueggeman Center is sponsoring an all-day summit, “Global Economic Expansion to Africa,” that addresses topics including doing business in Africa, human relations, culture, immigration, financial planning and education.

Attendees can join workshops and panel discussions and enjoy ethnic food and music. The event takes place from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. The discussions and workshops are free and open to the public. An African a la carte luncheon buffet is $15 per person. For more information, please call 513-745-3922 or visit the Breuggeman Center website.

The summit is also sponsored by the Africa Foundation-USA and the Cincinnati Human Relations Commission. The foundation was founded by a diverse group of people who believe in the natural endowments and the economic potentials of Africa. The Summit examines business opportunities that exist in Africa and how Midwest companies can expand their businesses by taking advantage of Africa’s rapid growth. The foundation also is committed to helping Africans living in Greater Cincinnati adjust to their new home.