Illinois Wesleyan

Webinar: COVID-19 and the Limits of Federal Crisis Management

Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 12:00 PM until 1:00 PMCentral Daylight Time


Presenter: Dr. David Priess '93

In this webinar, learn about the powers of, and the constraints on, federal and state governments as they respond to COVID-19. Dr. Priess will give an overview of the federal structure that gives the US government and state governments different roles in a crisis, describe what Congress and the administration have pursued to date, and preview what we can expect in the coming months.

Dr. David Priess '93 is the Chief Operating Officer of the Lawfare Institute in Washington DC, a visiting fellow at the National Security Institute of George Mason University, and a writer and speaker on the presidency, intelligence, and national security. He served at the CIA as an intelligence officer, a manager, and a daily intelligence briefer during the presidencies of Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. He personally delivered the President’s Daily Brief for more than a year to Attorney General John Ashcroft and FBI Director Robert Mueller and occasionally into the White House. He has written two books about US presidents: “The President’s Book of Secrets,” which relates how US intelligence officials brief the commander in chief on the most sensitive information in the world; and “How To Get Rid of a President: History’s Guide To Removing Unpopular, Unable, or Unfit Chief Executives,” which stands as the definitive survey of how presidents have left office. Priess appears often in national media like CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, and NPR to discuss the presidency, intelligence, and national security issues, and writes about the same in places like the Washington Post, Lawfare, Foreign Affairs, the Daily Beast, Politico, The Bulwark, The Cipher Brief, Foreign Policy, and the Houston Chronicle. He has a PhD in political science from Duke University.  


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