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Future Strategy Forum: The Future of Technology and National Security


Join us for the 2020 Future Strategy Forum, The Future of Technology and National Security, where we will examine how emerging technologies are shaping the nature of warfare and statecraft.

Future Strategy Forum

Hosted by the Kissinger Center and the Smart Women, Smart Power Initiative at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in collaboration with PhD candidates in MIT’s Security Studies program, the Future Strategy Forum is an initiative that connects scholars who research national security with leading practitioners, showcases female talent in the field, and builds a vertical and horizontal network across the policy-academic gap.

U.S. national security would be better served if all talent were empowered to contribute, regardless of gender, and if cutting-edge academic research spoke directly to practitioner communities. Yet, women remain underrepresented in national security research and policy making, and national security academics remain siloed from policy. FSF confronts these two challenges by bringing together female scholars and practitioners to address critical policy dilemmas and advance women in foreign policy. 

Open to all, the forum hosts annual conferences bringing together more than 300 academics, practitioners and graduate students. The inaugural conference, The Future of Force featured all women-panels devoted to the changing character of warfare and applying scholarship from the seminar room to the situation room.

2018 Forum on the Future of Force

The 2018 Future Strategy Forum focused on the evolution of modern warfare and its implications for U.S. national security. It included discussions on the future of non-state power, security competition between states, the future of warfare technology, and applying scholarship from the situation room to the seminar room.

2019 Forum on the Future of Statecraft

The 2019 Future Strategy Forum explored the future of international cooperation and engagement. Defending national interests and solving international problems often calls for cooperative approaches. The day’s three panels discussed the changing nature of U.S. engagement with the world, from the expanding list of actors with whom we engage, to the shifting tools of engagement, to the challenges of cooperating in a period of heightened geopolitical competition.

Future Conferences

We are currently designing the programs for Future Strategy Forum 2020 and 2021. Our aim will be to bring together more female voices from the national security sector and academia to discuss the two most pressing and transformative issues shaping the future of foreign policy, strategy, and national security.

2020 Forum on the Future of Technology and National Security
Tuesday, June 2, 2020

With both the security and technology fields traditionally dominated by men, it is time to introduce and showcase female leadership in these fields. Our forum will explore the implications for US national security, international security, and transnational conflict of technological developments in cyberspace, outer space, nuclear, unmanned systems, artificial intelligence and bio-engineering. Our experts—all of them women—will address pressing questions and advance cooperative solutions to the challenges of emerging technologies and international security

2021 Forum on the Future of Climate Change and Security

It is time to explore the intersection of climate change and international security. We aim to bring together female leaders to discuss the implications of a changing climate, including extreme weather, drought, food insecurity and rising temperatures, on the prevalence of conflict, economic prosperity, and human security. The forum will also explore the challenges and prospects for international cooperation to resolve or mitigate these issues.

This series is made possible with support by The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).