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UNH Law’s Rudman Center to Host National Security Expert

UNH Law’s Rudman Center to Host National Security Expert

National security expert Stewart Baker will give a talk at UNH Law's Rudman Center on Thursday, Oct. 10, titled “Cyberwar: Overhyped or Overdue?”

Baker, a partner in the Washington office of Steptoe & Johnson LLP, created and held the position of first Assistant Secretary for Policy at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, from 2005 to early 2009.

At DHS, Baker led and staffed the 250-person DHS Policy Directorate, overseeing policy analysis across the Department, as well as for the Department’s international affairs, strategic planning and relationships with law enforcement and public advisory committees.  His work required a broad understanding of all aspects of the Department’s activities, including maritime regulation, customs enforcement, immigration, identity management, SAFETY Act implementation, money laundering enforcement, government contracts, and regulation of travel and air transportation, and its role in the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS).

In addition to his policy work, he led successful negotiations with European and Middle Eastern governments over travel data, privacy, visa waiver and related issues.  He also managed the passage and implementation of the SAFE Ports Act, led the Department’s policy effort to reform federal immigration laws, and transformed the Department’s role in CFIUS, helping to drive the first rewrite of the CFIUS law and regulations in a generation.

Mr. Baker is currently on the Council on Foreign Relations (1994–present) and is a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (2009–present). 

The talk, which is free and open to the public, is hosted by UNH Law’s Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership and Public Policy. It will be held at 5:30 pm in UNH Law’s Rich Room with a reception to follow. For more information or to RSVP, please email

"The Rudman Center is excited to host Stewart Baker," said Erin B. Corcoran, executive director for the Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership and Public Policy at UNH Law. "His experience as a highly regarded attorney in the private sector coupled with his government leadership on major global security initiatives provides an important and informed voice in the debate about cyber security and privacy."

The University of New Hampshire School of Law launched the Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Public Policy and Leadership in April 2013. The newly established Center seeks to honor the legacy of late Senator Warren Rudman and his commitment to good governance. The hallmark of the Rudman legacy is the Rudman Fellows program, which selects entering law students each year and develops their interest and skills in public policy.

Beyond the scholarship and student engagement opportunities, the Rudman Center is becoming a place for rigorous civil discourse and for promoting sound public policy.  The Rudman Center regularly convenes, through lectures and conferences, world-renowned legal scholars, practitioners, former and current government leaders and lawyers, judges, and public policy makers. These leaders are invited to discuss emerging challenges and potential solutions and to help educate and inform law students, lawmakers and the public.

For more information on the Rudman Center, visit