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The Future Strategy Forum Upcoming Conference 

Monday, May 10 - Wednesday, May 12, 2021


The Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs at Johns Hopkins SAIS and The CSIS Smart Women, Smart Power Initiative cordially invite you to save the date for: 
  

The Future of
National Security
and
Technology

  
Opening Keynote Address
Monday, May 10, 2021 | 3:30 pm EST


Panel 1: Emerging Technologies and Warfighting
Monday, May 10, 2021 | 4 pm EST
 
 
Panel 2: Emerging Technologies and Statecraft
Tuesday, May 11, 2021 | 1 pm EST
 
Panel 3: Janne Nolan Prize Winners: Discussion of Emerging Technology and National Security
Tuesday, May 11, 2021 | 3 pm EST


For more information on the Janne Nolan Prize click here.

Closing Keynote Address
Tuesday, May 11, 2021 | 4 pm EST
 
 
Virtual Wargame with the Hoover Institution's Jacquelyn Schneider
Wednesday, May 12, 2021 | 1 pm EST
 


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.

2021 Forum on the Future of National Security and Technology

The Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), are pleased to host the 2021 Future Strategy Forum, an initiative to connect scholars who research national security with its leading practitioners. 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.

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Join us Monday, May 10, Tuesday, May 11 and Wednesday, May 12 for three days of programming:


Monday, May 10 

Opening Keynote Address: Anne Neuberger
Monday, May 10, 2021 | 3:30 pm EST
 


Speakers: 

Guest Keynote:
Anne Neuberger

Deputy National Security Advisor, Cyber & Emerging Tech
National Security Council, The White House

Introductory Remarks:
Francis J. Gavin

Giovanni Agnelli Distinguished Professor and Director of the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs
Johns Hopkins SAIS

 

Panel 1: Emerging Technologies and Warfighting
Monday, May 10, 2021 | 4 pm EST

The panel will consider the ways in which emerging technologies are shaping the battlespace and changing the nature of warfare. What are the most important emerging technologies for warfighting? What impact will emerging technologies have on the traditional domains of conflict (e.g. air, sea, and land) and on emerging ones (e.g. space and cyberspace)? Do the benefits and costs of these technologies accrue differently to state and non-state actors, or across political systems? This panel will assess how prepared the U.S. military is to acquire, integrate, and adapt these technologies into warfighting, and how prepared competitors such as China and Russia are able to do the same.

Speakers:

Ulrike Franke
Senior Policy Fellow, European Council on Foreign Relations

Julie George
PhD Candidate, Cornell University 

Evanna Hu
CEO and Partner, Omelas

Nina Kollars
Associate Professor, U.S. Naval War College

Sara Plana (moderator)
PhD Candidate, MIT

 

Tuesday, May 11

Panel 2: Emerging Technologies and Statecraft
Tuesday, May 11, 2021 | 1 pm EST

This panel will consider the ways in which emerging technologies are shaping interstate interactions across the spectrum short of kinetic action, from statecraft and diplomacy to information operations, and more. Which elements of emerging technologies are driving cooperative behaviors, and which are driving competitive behaviors? Are emerging technologies increasing the risks of misperception and miscalculation or contributing to deterrence? How successful have efforts been to establish laws or norms governing the use of emerging technologies? Does the emergence of these technologies suggest a need to restructure the national security apparatus and the responsibilities assigned to different bureaucracies? How does emerging technology impact the relationship between states and non-state actors, like private sector companies?

Speakers:

Ginny Badanes
Director of Strategic Projects, Cybersecurity and Democracy, Microsoft

Christie Lawrence
Director, Research and Analysis, National Commission on Artificial Intelligence

Suzanne Spaulding (moderator) 
Senior Advisor, Homeland Security, International Security Program

Camille Stewart
Head of Security Policy - Google Play & Android, Google

Sanne Verschuren
PhD Candidate, Brown University
 
 
Panel 3: Janne Nolan Prize Winners: Discussion of Emerging Technology and National Security
Tuesday, May 11, 2021 | 3 pm EST

In 2020, as part of the Future Strategy Forum, the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs, in cooperation with CSIS and the Texas National Security Review, offered prizes to the best new scholarship from early career scholars in national and international security. Winners of the Janne Nolan Prize competition, Dr. Jane Vaynman, Dr. John Emery and Ms. Saher Naumaan will speak on their winning essays to be published this summer in a special edition of the Texas National Security Review. Their articles focus on the implications of emerging technology on arms control, the origins of political-military wargaming and issues around surveillance, security and privacy. This panel will also illuminate other technology-driven challenges in national security.

Speakers:

John Emery
Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow, Center for International Security and Cooperation, Stanford University

Saher Naumaan
Principal Threat Intelligence Analyst, BAE Systems Applied Intelligence

Rachel Tecott (moderator)
PhD Candidate, MIT

Jane Vaynman
Assistant Professor, Temple University 


For more information on the Janne Nolan Prize click here.

Closing Keynote Address: Emerging Technologies and Nuclear Weapons with Rose Gottemoeller
Tuesday, May 11, 2021 | 4 pm EST

Rose Gottemoller served as the Deputy Secretary General of NATO from 2016 to 2019. Prior to this she served for nearly five years as the Under Secretary for Arms Controls and International Security at the U.S. Department of State, advising the Secretary of State on arms control, nonproliferation and political-military affairs. While Assistant Secretary of State for Arms Control, Verification and Compliance in 2009 and 2010, she was the chief U.S. negotiator of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) with the Russian Federation. Presently, Ms. Gottemoeller is a Payne Distinguished Lecturer at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at the Freeman Spogli Institute, as well as a Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution. She will discuss the future of emerging technologies and nuclear weapons in her address.

Speakers: 

Guest Keynote:
Rose Gotemoeller

Payne Distinguished Lecturer at the Center for International Security and Cooperation
Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution

Moderator:
Beverly Kirk

Fellow and Director for Outreach, International Security Program, and Director, Smart Women, Smart Power Initiative
 
 


Wednesday, May 12

Virtual War Game with the Hoover Institution's Jacquelyn Schneider
Wednesday, May 12, 2021 | 1 pm EST 

As part of this year’s forum, Dr. Jacquelyn Schneider, assisted by Ms. Rachael Shaffer and Mr. Benjamin Schechter, will host a virtual war game on Wednesday, May 12, 2021 from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. ET.
 
The war game explores the relationship between new technologies, domestic politics, conventional military capabilities, and nuclear threats. Players simulate decisionmaking roles in a national security cabinet and come to the war game as leaders in private industry, government, academia, and the military. The aim is to better understand the role that emerging technologies play in crisis decisionmaking and how Cold War paradigms of deterrence and crisis escalation apply in a world with new capabilities and vulnerabilities.
 
Please pre-register for the war game by Monday, April 26, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. ET as space is limited. 
 
Please note that participation is required for the entire three hours. Once pre-registration ends, you will recieve a confirmation email confirming your participation in the war game. All questions should be directed to SmartWomen@csis.org.



 

2020 Forum on Cooperation and Conflict in the Time of Covid-19

What does the global response to the Covid-19 pandemic tell us about prospects for cooperation in the face of future global threats to human health and security? How has Covid-19 changed military doctrine and challeneged our understanding of civ-mil relations? What has Covid-19 revealed about the way policymakers use technology and how do we debate the trade-offs between increased surveillence and privacy rights in the midst of a pandemic? The Covid-19 pandemic has introduced many questions and challenges to our time. Watch our conference on Covid-19 and its impact on grand strategy, military use and democracy and governence below at the links below:

Watch our sessions here:
Keynote with the Hon. Michele Flournoy

Covid-19 and Grand Strategy

Covid-19 and the Military

Covid-19 and Democracy and Governance


 

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.


 

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.


 

Future Conferences

2022 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 from 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).