About the National Security Forum

“It is during our most challenging and uncertain moments that our Nation’s commitment to due process is most severely tested; and it is in those moments that we must preserve our commitment at home to the principles for which we fight abroad.”

Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, U.S. Supreme Court

While a democracy must always balance individual liberty and public safety, current events have intensified the nation’s need to openly discuss these issues. The National Security Forum at William Mitchell College of Law exists to foster an ongoing dialogue in this area.


The Forum hosts panels, seminars, and other events, featuring national security experts, scholars, and policy-makers. These include current and former officials from the U.S. Department of Justice, the FBI, the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Department of State, and the CIA, as well as federal judges who have presided over national security cases, and leading academics and journalists in the field.


The Forum was founded in 2005 by Afsheen John Radsan, professor at William Mitchell. Radsan, a former federal prosecutor and assistant general counsel to the CIA, is a leading expert on national security issues. He has often been quoted by The New York TimesThe Washington PostThe New Yorker, and National Public Radio.


As a national resource for discussion and research, the Forum is intended to spark new insights and contribute to better-informed, more thoughtful decision-making.


Founded with support from William Mitchell College of Law, the Forum is supported by the National Security Society, an active student chapter at William Mitchell. Many sponsorship options are available to law firms, corporations, and foundations.