Future Security Forum 2023

Understanding Security In an Era of Change
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The Future Security Initiative, a partnership of New America and Arizona State University, is pleased to invite you to join its premier annual event online. The 2023 Future Security Forum will be held on September 13 from 10:00am to 6:20pm ET.

The 2023 Forum highlights the Initiative’s commitment to developing new paradigms for understanding and addressing new and emerging global challenges.

Forum topics will include:

  • What Systemic Shifts Will Shape the Future of Conflict?
  • What Will the Future of AI Look Like?
  • What New Political Trends Will Shape the Future?
  • What Technologies Will Shape the Future of Warfare?
  • In What New Domains Will Conflict Occur?
  • What Does the Future of Security Look Like in Latin America?
  • What Are the Lessons of the War in Ukraine?
  • How Are Special Operations Forces Preparing for the Future?

Schedule

Schedule subject to change. All times listed in EDT.

10:05am - Welcome Remarks

  • Paul Butler, President & Chief Transformation Officer, New America
  • James O’Brien, Senior Vice President University Affairs and Chief of Staff to the President, Arizona State University

10:15am - What Systemic Shifts Will Shape the Future of Conflict?

  • Jeff Goodell, Author, The Heat Will Kill You First, 2016 National Fellow, New America
  • Amy Pope, Director General Elect, International Organization on Migration
  • Ambassador Fareed Yasseen, Climate Envoy of the Republic of Iraq, Former Ambassador to the United States
  • Moderator: Heela Rasool-Ayub, Director, Planetary Politics Initiative, New America

11:00am - What Will the Future of AI Accountability Look Like?

  • Alan Davidson, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information and NTIA Administrator
  • Moderator: Lilian Coral, Vice President, Technology and Democracy Programs at New America

11:40am - Share the Mic

  • Michael Garcia, #SharetheMicinCyber Fellow, New America

11:45am - What is the Future of the U.S. Response to Hostage Taking?

Panel:

  • Roger D. Carstens, Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs, United States
  • Cynthia T. Loerstcher, Director of Research, Hostage Advocacy, and Government Affairs, The James W. Foley Legacy Foundation
  • Ali Soufan, Chief Executive Officer, The Soufan Group, Former Supervisory Special Agent , Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Elizabeth Whelan, Sister of Paul Whelan, American citizen currently held hostage in Russia
  • Moderator: Sarah (Levinson) Moriarty, Fellow, New America International Security Program

12:25pm - What is the Future of Redress for Victims of America’s Wars?

  • Joanna Naples-Mitchell, Director, Redress Program at the Zomia Center

12:30pm - Break

1:00pm - How Are Others Preparing for the Future?

  • Tricia Bacon, PhD, Associate Professor, American University, Author, Terror in Transition
  • BG (U.S. Army, Retired) Brian Davis, Director China Research Division, BluePath Labs, Former Defense Attaché, U.S. Embassy in Beijing, China
  • Andrea Kendall-Taylor, PhD, Senior Fellow and Director of the Transatlantic Security Program, Center for a New American Security, former Deputy National Intelligence Officer for Russia and Eurasia at the National Intelligence Council
  • Moderator: Col. (ret.) Liam Collins, PhD, Senior Fellow, New America International Security Program, Co-Editor, Routledge Handbook of U.S. Counterterrorism and Irregular Warfare Operations

1:30pm - What is the State of America’s Counterterrorism Wars?

  • David Sterman, Senior Policy Analyst New America

1:35pm - What Technologies Will Shape the Future of Warfare?

  • Troy Alexander, PhD, Chief, Technology Forecasting Office, DEVCOM Army Research Laboratory
  • Laura Grego, PhD, Senior Scientist and Research Director of the Global Security Program, Union of Concerned Scientists
  • Maj. Gen. (Australian Army, Ret.) Mick Ryan, Adjunct Fellow, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Author, War Transformed and White Sun War
  • Moderator: Peter W. Singer, PhD, Strategist and Senior Fellow, New America, Professor of Practice, ASU

2:05pm - How is the US Army Approaching the Future of Logistics?

  • Col. Carmelia Scott-Skillern, Chief of Staff of the Army Senior Fellow, New America International Security Program

2:10pm - In What New Domains Will Conflict Occur?

  • Scott Stapp, Vice President of Capabilities and All Domain Integration, Northrop Grumman Space Systems
  • Lauren Zabierek, Senior Advisor, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency
  • Moderator: Peter Bergen, Vice President, New America, Professor of Practice, ASU

2:40pm - What Does the Future of Security Look Like in Latin America?

  • Ambassador Juan Carlos Pinzón, Former Colombian Minister of Defense and Two-time Colombian Ambassador to the United States
  • Moderator: Daniel Rothenberg, PhD, Co-Director, Future Security Initiative, ASU

3:05pm - Keynote Conversation

  • Amb. Oksana Markarova, Ambassador of Ukraine to the United States
  • Moderator: Candace Rondeaux, Senior Director, Future Frontlines and Planetary Politics at New America, Professor of Practice, ASU

3:45pm - What New Political Trends Will Shape the Future?

  • Ruth Ben-Ghiat, PhD, Professor of History and Italian Studies at New York University, Author, Strongmen: Mussolini to the Present
  • LTG (Ret.) Michael K. Nagata, Former Director of Strategic Operational Planning, NCTC, Strategic Advisor & Senior Vice President, CACI International
  • Moderator: Alexandra Stark, PhD, Associate Policy Researcher, RAND, Fellow, New America International Security Program

4:15pm - Break

4:30pm - What Are the Lessons of the War in Ukraine?

  • John Deni, PhD, Research Professor, SSI at U.S. Army War College
  • Antulio J. Echevarria II, PhD, Editor, The U.S. Army War College Quarterly, Parameters
  • Robert E. Hamilton, PhD, Research Professor, SSI at U.S. Army War College
  • Moderator: Michael E. Lynch, PhD, Research Professor of National Security Affairs, SSI at U.S. Army War College

5:10pm - How is the Japanese Air Self Defense Force Approaching the Future of Security?

  • Gen. UCHIKURA Hiroaki, Chief of Staff, Koku-Jieitai (Japan Air Self- Defense Force)
  • Moderator: Peter W. Singer, PhD, Strategist and Senior Fellow, New America, Professor of Practice, ASU

5:30pm - What is the Future of Afghanistan?

  • Matin Bek, Former Chief of Staff of the Afghan President, Fellow, New America International Security Program
  • Amb. Roya Rahmani, Chair of Delphos International; Former Ambassador of Afghanistan to the United States (2018-2021); Senior Fellow, New America International Security Forum
  • Moderator: Peter Bergen, Vice President, New America, Professor of Practice, ASU

6:00 - What is the Future of Cybersecurity?

  • Gen. Paul M. Nakasone, Commander, U.S. Cyber Command and Director, National Security Agency/Chief, Central Security Service
  • Moderator: Peter W. Singer, PhD, Strategist and Senior Fellow, New America, Professor of Practice, ASU

6:20pm - Forum Concludes

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