[ONLINE] - Future Security Forum 2022

Securing Democracies

New America and Arizona State University are pleased to invite you to the 2022 Future Security Forum, which will be held online September 13, 2022.

The Forum is the premier annual event of New America and Arizona State University’s Future Security project—a research, education, and policy partnership that develops new paradigms for understanding and addressing new and emerging global challenges. Forum sessions will assess the state of global affairs, from revisiting the security situation in Afghanistan one year after the Taliban takeover, analyzing the rise of domestic extremism, and planning for future cybersecurity threats.

Co-sponsors for the 2022 Future Security Forum are Joint Special Operations University and the Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College.

12:30 pm EDT - Welcome Remarks

  • Anne-Marie Slaughter, DPhil, CEO, New America, Former Director of Policy Planning for the U.S. Department of State
  • Evelyn Farkas, PhD, Executive Director McCain Institute at Arizona State University

12:40 pm EDT - What is Happening in Afghanistan, One Year After the Taliban Takeover?

  • Qayoom Suroush, Afghanistan Observatory Scholar, New America
  • Summia Tora, Afghanistan Observatory Scholar, New America, Afghanistan’s first Rhodes Scholar and Founder and Executive Director of Dosti Network
  • Azmat Khan, Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist, Fellow, New America International Security Program, Assistant Professor of Journalism, Columbia University School of Journalism (moderator)

1:00 pm EDT - What’s the Future of India’s Democracy and Relationship with the U.S.?

  • Meenakshi Ahamed, Author, A Matter of Trust: India-U.S. Relations From Truman to Trump

1:10 pm - How Should the International Community Address War Crimes in Ukraine and Beyond?

  • Introduction by Wassim Mukdad, Syrian Musician and Torture Survivor
  • David Scheffer, Professor of Practice, Arizona State University, Former Ambassador at Large for War Crimes Issues
  • Alexandra Stark, PhD, Senior Researcher, New America Political Reform Program (moderator)

1:40 pm EDT - What Can OSINT Tell Us About China's Technology?

  • Matthew Bruzzese, Senior Chinese Language Analyst, BluePath Labs

1:45 pm EDT - What is the Role of Special Operations Forces in Ukraine?: Signaling the Future

Pre-Recorded Remarks:

  • Maj. Gen. Steven G. Edwards, Incoming Special Operations Command Europe Commander
  • CMC Pete Musselman, Senior Enlisted Leader, Special Operations Command Europe


  • Amb. (ret) Greta C. Holtz, Chancellor, College of International Security Affairs, National Defense University, Former Senior Foreign Policy Advisor (POLAD) to the Commanding General of U.S. Special Operations Command
  • Maj. Gen. (Retired) Michael Repass, NATO Strategic Advisor for Special Operations, Ukraine, Former Deputy Commander of Special Operations Command-Europe, Former Commanding General of the U.S. Army Special Forces Command
  • Col. (ret) Isaiah (Ike) Wilson III, PhD, President, Joint Special Operations University, Senior Fellow, International Security Program, New America, Professor of Practice, Arizona State University (moderator)

2:40 pm EDT - What are the Lessons of the War in Ukraine?

  • Sir Lawrence Freedman, DPhil, Emeritus Professor of War Studies, King's College London
  • Rob Lee, Senior Fellow Foreign Policy Research Institute, PhD Student at King’s College
  • David Kilcullen, PhD, Professor of International & Political Studies, University of New South Wales, Professor of Practice, Arizona State University
  • Candace Rondeaux, Director, Future Frontlines, New America, Professor of Practice, Arizona State University
  • Peter W. Singer, PhD, Strategist & Senior Fellow, New America, Professor of Practice, Arizona State University (moderator)

3:30 pm EDT - What’s Next for China?

  • Kendra Schaefer, Non-Resident Fellow, The National Bureau of Asia Research
  • Lingling Wei, Chief China Correspondent, Wall Street Journal, Co-Author of Superpower Showdown
  • Damien Ma, Director and Co-Founder of MacroPolo, the Think Tank of the Paulson Institute, Author, In Line Behind a Billion People: How Scarcity Will Define China’s Ascent in the Next Decade
  • Kaiser Kuo, Co-Founder Sinica Podcast, Editor at Large SupChina (moderator)

4:00 pm EDT - What is the Future of Domestic Terrorism?: Taking Stock of the U.S. Government’s Efforts to Combat Domestic Terrorism

  • Joshua A. Geltzer, PhD, Deputy Assistant to the President & Deputy Homeland Security Advisor, National Security Council
  • Karen J. Greenberg, PhD, Director Center on National Security at Fordham Law, Fellow, International Security Program, New America (moderator)

4:45 pm EDT - What is the Future of Cybersecurity?

  • Jen Easterly, Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)
  • Peter Bergen, Vice President, New America, Professor of Practices, Arizona State University (moderator)