Carr Center’s Strategic Consequences of the U.S. Use of Torture – Conference Report

October 20, 2016
Carr Center’s Strategic Consequences of the U.S. Use of Torture – Conference Report

On October 7th & 8th, the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, in coordination with the West Point Center for the Rule of Law, hosted the Strategic Consequences of the U.S. Use of Torture. Executive Director Sushma Raman, and Harvard Kennedy School Dean Douglas Elmendorf gave opening remarks. Faculty Director Douglas A. Johnson welcomed the speakers, and Lieutenant Colonel Winston Williams was the first panelist to speak. 

Watch the introductory panel:

Winston Williams s an Assistant Professor in the Department of Law at the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York. He currently teaches Constitutional and Military Law. Lieutenant Colonel Williams began his military service as an Engineer Officer in 1998 and transitioned to the Judge General’s Corps upon graduation from law school in 2004. He has served in a number of legal positions advising commanders on a broad spectrum of legal issues related to criminal law, international law, and administrative law. Lieutenant Colonel Williams deployed to Iraq from 2006 to 2007 with 3rd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division. In addition, he served as an Associate Professor of International and Operational Law at the Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School in Charlottesville, Virginia. Lieutenant Colonel Williams holds a LL.M in Military Law from the Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School, a Juris Doctorate from the University of Tennessee College of Law, and a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Florida A&M University.

Watch the keynote address, by Philip Zelikow:

Philip Zelikow is the White Burkett Miller Professor of History and also leads the University's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. He began his professional career as a trial and appellate lawyer. He was a career diplomat, posted overseas and in Washington, including service on the NSC staff for President George H.W. Bush.  His Ph.D. is from Tufts University.  Since leaving government service in 1991 he has taught and directed research programs at Harvard University and at the University of Virginia. where he directed the Miller Center of Public Affairs from 1998 to 2005.  In addition to service on government advisory boards and as an elected member of a local school board, he has taken two public service leaves from academia to return full-time to government service, in 2003-04 to direct the 9/11 Commission and in 2005-07 as Counselor of the Department of State, a deputy to Secretary Rice.  He also advises the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s program in global development and is a member of President Obama's Intelligence Advisory Board.

Click here for the full agenda.

The Conference hosted the following panels:

Panel 1 - Welcome and Introductory Remarks

Panel 2 - Diplomatic Consequences: Impact on Foreign Relations

Panel 3 - Military Consequences: Strategic Issues

Keynote - Human Rights & National Security

Panel 4- Military Consequences: Tactical Issues

Panel 5 - Changing Global Attitudes: Soft Power Consequences

Panel 6: Beyond America: International Consequences

Panel 7 -Concluding Remarks: Looking Backward ...and Forward