Security Policy Forum

The Security Policy Forum features leading experts and policymakers discussing security challenges ranging from terrorism to nuclear proliferation.

Ending the War in Afghanistan

April 3, 2014
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  • Stephen Biddle, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, GW

    Moderated by:
    Michael E. Brown, Dean, Elliott School of International Affairs, GW

Energy Security in the 21st Century

February, 25, 2014

  • David Goldwyn, President and Founder, Goldwyn Global Strategies; Former Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs, U.S. Department of State (2009-11)

    Moderated by:
    Charles Glaser, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs; Director, Institute for Security and Conflict Studies

Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds

March 27, 2013
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  • Christopher A. Kojm, Chairman, National Intelligence Council (2009-Present); Former Professor of the Practice of International Affairs, GW (2007-2009)

Spies, Cyber Attacks, and Social Media: National Security and Espionage in the Digital Age

February 19, 2013
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  • Michael V. Hayden, Former Director, Central Intelligence Agency (2006-09); Former Director, National Security Agency (1999-2005)

    Moderated by:
    Frank Sesno, Director, School of Media and Public Affairs, GW

50th Anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis

October 24, 2012
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  • Graham Allison, Douglas Dillon Professor of Government, Director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard

U.S. National Security and Defense Priorities in a Time of Austerity

October 16, 2012
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  • Michèle Flournoy, Former Undersecretary of Defense for Policy; Co-founder, Center for a New American Security

Human Security and the New Rules of War and Peace

May 9, 2012

  • Mary Kaldor, Professor of Global Governance; Director, Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit, London School of Economics and Political Science

Women, War and Peace: Addressing Sexual Violence

March 8, 2012

  • Jelke Boesten, Jennings Randolph Senior Fellow, United States Institute of Peace
  • Dara Kay Cohen, Assistant Professor, Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota
  • Kathleen Kuehnast, Director, Gender and Peacebuilding Center, United States Institute of Peace

Cosponsored with the Global Gender Program and the Institute for Global and International Studies as part of "International Women's Day 2012"


Challenges Ahead: America and the Middle East

February 28, 2012
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  • Ambassador Dennis Ross, Counselor, Washington Institute for Near East Policy; Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for the Central Region, National Security Council

U.S. Leadership in the 21st Century

January 31, 2012
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  • Jake Sullivan, Director of Policy Planning, U.S. Department of State

Banville Forum: U.S. Military Interventions

November 16, 2011
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  • "Civilian-Military Relations" — Christopher R. Hill, former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq (2009–10)
  • "A Practitioner's Perspective" — David D. McKiernan, Commander, International Security Assistance Force, Afghanistan (2008–09)

Honoring Morton H. Halperin and Thomas C. Schelling Upon the 50-Year Anniversary of Strategy and Arms Control

September 19, 2011
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  • Charles Glaser, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs; Director, Institute for Security and Conflict Studies, GW
  • Jeffrey Lewis, Director, East Asia Nonproliferation Program, Monterey Institute of International Studies
  • George Quester, J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Visiting Professor of International Affairs, GW
  • John Steinbruner, Director, Center for International and Security Studies, University of Maryland

Egypt: After the Revolution

March 1, 2011

  • Michele Dunne, Co-chair, Bipartisan Working Group of Egypt; Senior Associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Advising the President on U.S. National Security

February 23, 2011
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  • Stephen J. Hadley, Former Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs
  • I.M. Destler, Professor, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland
  • James Goldgeier, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, GW

How We Fight: Crusades, Quagmires, and the American Way of War

November 5, 2010

  • Dominic Tierney, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Swarthmore College

Fighting Corruption in the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan

November 2, 2010
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  • Stuart Bowen, Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction
  • Stephen Biddle, Senior Fellow for Defense Policy, Council on Foreign Relations

Banville Forum: General Wesley K. Clark

October 19, 2010
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  • Gen. Wesley K. Clark, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Wesley K. Clark & Associates, LLC; former NATO Supreme Allied Commander and Commander in Chief, United States Army, United States European Command (1997-2000)

How Wars End: Why We Always Fight the Last Battle

October 18, 2010

  • Gideon Rose, Editor, Foreign Affairs
  • Ambassador James Dobbins, Director, International Security and Defense Policy Center, RAND

Afghanistan: War of Necessity or Quagmire?

March 24, 2010
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  • Ambassador Peter W. Galbraith, Senior Diplomatic Fellow, The Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation

The Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan: The Journalistic Challenges

March 1, 2010
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  • Rajiv Chandrasekaran, Senior Correspondent and Associate Editor, The Washington Post; author, Imperial Life in the Emerald City
  • Michael R. Gordon, Chief Military Correspondent, The New York Times; co-author, Cobra II and The Generals' War
  • Ann Scott Tyson, Staff Writer, The Washington Post

    Moderator:
  • Marc Lynch, Director, Institute for Middle East Studies, GW

The Collapse – And Rebirth? – of Transatlantic Relations

February 25, 2010

  • Ambassador Kurt Volker, former United States Permanent Representative to NATO

Ambassador Volker discusses the challenges to transatlantic relations since the end of the Cold War.
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Pakistan: Military and Political Challenges Ahead

November 17, 2009

  • Stephen P. Cohen, Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy, Brookings Institution
  • Daniel Markey, Senior Fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia, Council on Foreign Relations
  • Ashley J. Tellis, Senior Associate, South Asia Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

    Moderator:
    Amb. Karl F. Inderfurth, former Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia; Professor of the Practice of International Affairs, GW

Assessing Iran's Nuclear Program: After the Qum Inspections

November 3, 2009

  • David Albright, President of the Institute for Science and International Security