Program Schedule

April 17, 2019

Location: American Enterprise Institute, 1789 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington D.C. 

1:00 – 1:10 pm Welcoming Remarks

1:10 – 2:20 pm Panel 1:  The Current State of FARA – Structural Issues and Enforcement

This panel will focus on the issues with the language of the statute and its enforcement. What specific statutory language needs to be supplemented, removed, or amended to provide clarity to law enforcement and those working on behalf of foreign governments? What are the resource constraints within the DOJ preventing adequate enforcement? Are the criminal and civil penalties sufficient to compel compliance? How have the recent indictments and civil penalties changed the current state of FARA practice by legal practitioners and lobbyists?

Moderator:  Claire Finkelstein , Co-founder and Faculty Director, CERL; Algernon Biddle Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania

2:20 – 2:30 pm Break 

2:30 – 3:45 pm Panel 2: Building Consensus to Make FARA an Effective Tool for Exposing Foreign Influence

There are many legislative amendments to FARA under consideration by the Congress. This panel will focus on the merits of these proposed amendments and determine whether they adequately enable FARA to achieve its legislative purpose. Would any of these changes make FARA an effective tool for exposing foreign propaganda? Do the amendments correct both the structural defects in the law and the issues surrounding enforcement? Are the amendments overboard, potentially labeling legitimate domestic interests as foreign agents or encroaching on the rights of U.S. citizens?

Moderator:  Dr. Ben Freeman , Director, Foreign Policy Transparency Initiative, Center for International Policy 

3:45 – 4:00 pm Break 

4:00 – 5:00 pm Keynote Program

This portion of the symposium will be a moderated conversation between the panelists followed by questions and answers from the audience.

Mr. John Demers , Assistant Attorney for National Security, Department of Justice

Mr. Robert Kelner , Partner, Covington & Burling LLP

Professor Claire Finkelstein , Co-founder and Faculty Director, CERL; Algernon Biddle Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania

Moderator: Ms. Danielle Pletka , Senior Vice President, Foreign and Defense Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute

5:00 - 6:00 pm - Reception