National Security Decision Making Workshop: Overcoming the Prominence Effect

On December 11, 2017 CHHS convened a workshop to discuss a forthcoming article by CHHS Senior Fellow David Delaney and leading behavioral scientist Dr. Paul Slovic. Conducted under the Chatham House Rule to promote openness and sharing, the workshop invited feedback from a group of legal scholars, psychology researchers, and attorneys who served in senior national security positions between 1993 and 2013.

The group tackled challenging issues that Delaney and Slovic raise in their article: the quality of U.S. strategic planning; challenges government official face when equally desirable security and humanitarian values are in conflict; the role of law and theory shaping policy choices; and opportunities for lawyers to help improve policy decisions. We invite you to review the discussion highlights below and become involved in related research, education, and public programs to improve democratic governance.

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