Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin on the American Handshake: Building Trust and the Future of U.S. Alliances

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A discussion with Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin of Michigan, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives Committees on Armed Services and Homeland Security. 

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In this discussion, Congresswoman Slotkin offered her views on the value and future of U.S. alliances and how the ‘American handshake’ relies on building trust, both at home and abroad.

Speaker Biography

Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin serves the residents of Michigan’s 8th Congressional District. After graduate school in New York City, she was recruited by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to be a Middle East analyst and went on to devote her career to protecting the United States from national security threats. In her role at the CIA, Congresswoman Slotkin worked alongside the U.S. military during three tours in Iraq as a militia expert. In between her tours in Iraq, she held various defense and intelligence positions under President Bush and President Obama, including roles at the White House and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. In 2011, she took a senior position at the Pentagon and, until January 2017, she served as Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs. In this role, Congresswoman Slotkin oversaw policy on Russia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa at the Pentagon and participated in negotiations on some of the country’s most pressing national security issues.

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