Truman’s COVID-19 Resources

Truman National Security Project is leveraging its network of thousands of leading national security and foreign policy experts, to help our country respond to this pandemic as effectively as possible and provide resources that help our communities in crisis.

This page will be updated with the ongoing efforts and resources available to and by Truman members who are looking for a way to help in the pandemic.

Truman addresses the national security impact of COVID-19

Webinar: Implications of COVID-19 on national security

On Friday, March 20th, Truman hosted a members-only Zoom briefing exploring the COVID-19 pandemic at the intersection of national security. The panel featured Dr. Rebecca Katz, Truman Security Fellow; Karen Karniol-Tambour, Board of Directors, Truman Center for National Policy; Dr. Kamal Kalsi, Truman Defense Council; Camille Mackler, Truman Security Fellow; and Stone Conroy, Truman Security Fellow. The panel was moderated by Marcus Coleman, Truman Political Partner and DC Chapter Director.The webinar was filled to capacity, with over 100 members in attendance. Thank you to our panelists and moderator for leading a meaningful discussion. A recording of the panel can be found here. We’ve also captured questions raised by the community with answers from our experts after running out of time during the panel.

Truman joins call urging President Trump to ease sanctions on Iran

In light of the increasingly dire situation in Iran as the country combats the COVID-19 pandemic, 25 organizations – including NIAC Action, J Street, Truman National Security Project, MoveOn, Win Without War, and Ploughshares Fund – sent a letter calling on President Trump, Sec. Mnuchin, and Sec. Pompeo to loosen the administration’s crippling sanctions regime on Iran for 120 days in order to aid the Iranian people’s fight against the virus. 

The combined groups, representing millions of Americans, signals a strong desire for the administration to reevaluate their Iran policy in the wake of the pandemic. Read the letter here.

Truman brings SXSW online

Webinar: Democracy in the Era of Disinformation

Truman National Security Project held their SXSW 2020 panel online -- Democracy in the Era of Disinformation -- after the festival was cancelled in an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Truman Security Fellows Josh Berthume, Igor Jablokov and Jennifer Atala led an engaging discussion, as panelists and moderator respectively,  on technology’s role in disinformation, and how that impacts national security policy.

The panel was open to the public and garnered another “packed house.” Watch the panel online here.

Truman members are leading important conversations on how to tackle this pandemic, and are often prominently featured in the media. We have compiled a list of Truman member op-eds and media highlights, which is updated on a periodic basis.

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