Dr. Ash Carter
25th Secretary of Defense

Dr. Ash Carter

Director, Belfer Center, Harvard

Dan Schnur

Professor, USC Annenberg

June 17, 2019 7:00 PM    Talk

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The Los Angeles World Affairs Council is honored to host the 25th Secretary of Defense Dr. Ash Carter on June 17th at the Writer’s Guild Theater in Beverly Hills. Our discussion with the Secretary will cover the technological, strategic, and leadership imperatives that drove the Pentagon’s innermost operations and its most far-reaching changes.

As Secretary of Defense, Carter led the creation of the military plan and international coalition to destroy ISIS, capturing Mosul and Raqqa and eliminating the group’s leaders and plotters while simultaneously conducting operations in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Libya, and beyond. Carter also designed and executed the strategic pivot to the Asia-Pacific, worked to establish a new playbook for confronting Russia’s aggression, and launched a defense cyber strategy.

Secretary Carter’s new book “Inside the Five-Sided Box” explores his time at the world’s largest organization, where he was responsible for more than three-million civilian and military employees and a half-trillion dollar budget. The book provides insight into his decades of public service at the Pentagon, but also full of business strategy, technology foresight, and much more.

Dr. Ash Carter is a theoretical physicist, a professor, and a public servant; or a “scholar and a bureaucrat.” He was President Barack Obama’s Secretary of Defense from 2015 to 2017, served in the Clinton Administration, and is currently the Director for Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.

***Signed books will be available for purchase***


  • Members: $45
  • Guests of Members: $55
  • Non-Members: $65

Venue: Writers Guild Theater. 135 S Doheny Drive, Beverly Hills CA 90211

Date & Time: June 17 (Monday), 6:00 pm Registration, 7:00 pm Talk begins

Last day to make reservation: June 14, 2019

Last day for cancellations with full refund: June 14, 2019


Seating: First come first serve

Parking:  $8.00 Parking is located in the parking garage entrance to the west side of S. Doheny Drive next door to the Writers Guild main entrance. The parking garage entrance is south of Wilshire Blvd and north of Charleville Blvd. Please make sure to park in levels 4 and above