FPI Conference Call: The Terrorist Attacks in France


Michael Allen
Beacon Global Strategies

Gary Schmitt
American Enterprise Institute

Christopher J. Griffin

Foreign Policy Initiative

Dr. Schmitt recently published a piece in The Weekly Standard on the terrorist attacks which can be found here.

Speaker Biographies

Michael Allen joined Beacon Global Strategies LLC as a managing director in August 2013.  From 2011-2013, Mr. Allen served as the majority staff director of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI).  Prior to joining the HPSCI, he was director for the Bipartisan Policy Center’s successor to the 9/11 Commission, the National Security Preparedness Group, co-chaired by former Congressman Lee Hamilton and former Governor Tom Kean.  Previously, Mr. Allen served in the White House for seven years in a variety of national security policy and legislative roles. At the National Security Council (NSC), he served as special assistant to the President and senior director for counter-proliferation strategy from June 2007 to January 2009 under National Security Advisor Steve Hadley.  As the special assistant to the President and senior director for legislative affairs from March 2005 to June 2007, Mr. Allen was the NSC’s chief liaison with the national security committees of Congress and led the confirmation teams of DNI nominees Negroponte and McConnell and CIA Director General Michael Hayden.  From December 2001 to February 2005, Mr. Allen worked in the legislative affairs office of the White House’s Homeland Security Council.  At the beginning of the Bush Administration, Mr. Allen worked in the Bureau of Legislative Affairs at the Department of State.  Mr. Allen received his L.L.M. with distinction in International Law from the Georgetown University Law Center, his J.D. from the University of Alabama (cum laude), and his B.A. from Vanderbilt University.

Gary Schmitt is the co-director of the Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) and the director of AEI’s Program on American Citizenship.  Mr. Schmitt is a former staff director of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.  He was executive director of the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board during President Ronald Reagan’s second term.  Mr. Schmitt’s security work focuses on longer-term strategic issues that will affect America’s security at home and its ability to lead abroad, while his work in the area of citizenship focuses on challenges to maintaining and sustaining a strong civic culture.  His books include Of Men and Materiel: The Crisis in Military Resources (AEI Press, 2007), to which he was a contributing author and editor with Tom Donnelly; Silent Warfare: Understanding the World of Intelligence (Brassey’s, 2002), coauthored with Abram Shulsky and now in its third edition; and U.S. Intelligence at the Crossroads: Agendas for Reform (Brassey’s, 1995), a coedited volume to which he is a contributing author. His two most recent books, to which he is also editor and contributing author, are The Rise of China: Essays on the Future Competition (Encounter Books, May 2009) and Safety, Liberty and Islamist Terrorism: American and European Approaches to Domestic Counterterrorism (AEI Press, 2010).  He holds a Ph.D from the University of Chicago and B.A. from the University of Dallas.

Chris Griffin joined the Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI) as executive director in January 2013. Previously, he served as legislative director to Senator Joseph I. Lieberman (ID-CT), advising the senator on the full range of legislative proposals and key votes.  Between 2008 and 2011, he was Senator Lieberman's military legislative assistant, in which capacity he developed the senator's legislative agenda as a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and chairman of its Airland Subcommittee.  Prior to joining Senator Lieberman's staff, Mr. Griffin was a research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy (2005-2008), where he focused on U.S. foreign and defense policy toward the Asia-Pacific.  During his time at AEI, Mr. Griffin was also a contributing editor to the Armed Forces Journal, writing feature articles on international defense industrial cooperation and a monthly column titled the "Blogs of War."  Mr. Griffin's writings have been published in the Washington PostWall Street Journal, and New York Times.  Mr. Griffin received a B.A. in international studies from Austin College in Sherman, Texas, and an M.A. in international studies from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC.


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