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May 11, 2023

Civics as a National Security Imperative with Secretary Bob Gates (Recast)

Episode 274

A recent report out of the National Center for Education Statistics has revealed that America's 8th graders are scoring lower on civics education today than they have been in the last 20 years. This week's episode is a recast of an excellent conversation on civics, featuring former U.S. Secretary of Defense Bob Gates, Suzanne Spaulding of CSIS, with opening remarks by Dr. John Hamre of CSIS. To meet today's challenges, Americans must rediscover shared values, relearn the fundamentals of our constitutional republic, and re-form a sense of civic identity and commitment to our communities and across the nation. This conversation was originally recorded and broadcasted by CSIS as part of the CivXNow Civic Education Policy Summit.

Original event: Civics as a National Security Imperative: A Conversation with Secretary Bob Gates | CSIS Events

To learn more about CivXNow Civic Education Policy Summit: Homepage - CivXNow

Dr. Robert Gates is the former U.S. Secretary of Defense

Suzanne Spaulding is a senior adviser for homeland security and director of the Defending Democratic Institutions project at CSIS

Dr. John Hamre is the President and CEO of CSIS


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