CNAS Live Events

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Special Event: The Future of the U.S. Afghanistan Strategy

On March 4, 2021, CNAS hosted a discussion on the challenges facing America in Afghanistan with General Joseph F. Dunford, Jr. (Ret.), former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Ambassador James B. Cunningham, former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, Richard Fontaine, CNAS CEO, and Lisa Curtis, Director of the CNAS Indo-Pacific Security Program. Yalda Hakim, anchor and correspondent for BBC World News, moderated the conversation.

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Virtual Panel Discussion: Confronting the Domestic Terrorism Threat

Over the past several years, extremist groups have become more visible and emboldened, culminating in the January 6 insurrection at the Capitol. On February 25, 2021, experts Christian Beckner​, Josh Campbell, Alexis Collins, and Alex Joel joined Robert M. Gates Senior Fellow Carrie Cordero for a conversation about the security challenges domestic terrorism poses to the United States.

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Virtual Fireside Chat: India, China, and the Quad: The Future of U.S. Strategy in the Indo-Pacific

The Indo-Pacific has emerged as the world’s economic and geopolitical center of gravity. On February 10, 2021, CNAS hosted a special event to explore these challenges and introduce the new CNAS Indo-Pacific Security Program. Lisa Curtis, the inaugural CNAS Indo-Pacific Security Program Director was joined by Demetri Sevastopulo, U.S.-China Correspondent for the Financial Times, for a moderated discussion. CNAS CEO Richard Fontaine provided opening remarks.

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Virtual Panel Discussion: Building a Trusted ICT Supply Chain

Dependency on China and other adversary countries for some of the United States’ most critical supply chains threatens to undermine the trustworthiness of critical technologies and components that constitute and connect to cyberspace, including information and communications technology (ICT). On January 14, 2021, CNAS hosted a virtual panel discussion about these challenges and the findings and recommendations of the Cyberspace Solarium Commission white paper, "Building a Trusted ICT Supply Chain."

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Virtual Report Launch: America’s Use of Coercive Economic Statecraft

The last decade has seen an explosive growth in U.S. use of coercive economic tools to meet a broadening range of policy goals. On December 17, 2020, CNAS hosted a public event on America’s use of coercive economic statecraft, coinciding with the release of the final report of the CNAS Task Force on the Future of U.S. Coercive Economic Statecraft titled America’s Use of Coercive Economic Statecraft principally authored by Task Force Coordinators Elizabeth Rosenberg and Peter Harrell.

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Special Event: The Biden Administration and the Future of U.S.–Iran Relations

On December 3, 2020, CNAS CEO Richard Fontaine hosted a conversation about the future of U.S.–Iran relations in the Biden era with Robert Malley, President and CEO of International Crisis Group and former White House Coordinator for the Middle East, North Africa and the Gulf Region, Ilan Goldenberg, Director of the CNAS Middle East Security Program, Elisa Catalano Ewers, Adjunct Senior Fellow in the CNAS Middle East Program, and Kaleigh Thomas, Associate Fellow in the CNAS Middle East Program.

Special Event: Law Enforcement, Homeland Security and Intelligence in the Biden Administration

On November 23, 2020, CNAS CEO Richard Fontaine hosted a conversation with Sec. Jeh Johnson, Member of the CNAS Board of Directors and former Secretary of Homeland Security, Susan M. Gordon, former Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence, and Carrie Cordero, CNAS Robert M. Gates Senior Fellow, about the intelligence, law enforcement, and homeland security challenges facing the incoming Biden administration.

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Virtual Panel Discussion with Congressman Jim Himes on Investment and Innovation in the Intelligence Community

On November 18, 2020, CNAS hosted a virtual discussion featuring Congressman Jim Himes, Michael Brown of the Defense Innovation Unit, Corin Stone of American University's Washington College of Law, Martijn Rasser, and Carrie Cordero about the future of innovation and investment in the intelligence community (IC). Congressman Himes, Chairman of the Strategic Technologies and Advanced Research (STAR) Subcommittee of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, discussed the Subcommittee's new report, Rightly Scaled, Carefully Open, Indefinitely Agile: Reconfiguring to Win the Innovation Race in the Intelligence Community. This report details the need for investment and innovation in the intelligence community in order to retain America's global competitiveness.

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Special Event: The Biden Pentagon and the Future of U.S. Defense

The Department of Defense has seen a series of high-level resignations and departures, including the dismissal of former Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, which will have an immediate impact on the Pentagon and the transition. Beyond the current tumult, the world is looking ahead to see how President-elect Biden and his administration will set and implement defense priorities over the next four years.

To unpack these developments and their implications for American defense policy, CNAS CEO Richard Fontaine hosted a conversation with Robert O. Work, CNAS Senior Counselor for Defense and former Deputy Secretary of Defense, on November 17, 2020.

Mr. Fontaine and Mr. Work were joined by Eric Sayers, Adjunct Senior Fellow in the CNAS Asia-Pacific Security Program, Diem Salmon, Adjunct Senior Fellow in the CNAS Defense Program, and Becca Wasser, Fellow in the CNAS Defense Program, for an interactive panel discussion featuring live polling and Q&A from the online audience.

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Special Event: The Biden Administration and the Future of U.S. National Security

As President-Elect Joseph Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris begin to form their administration, the United States will soon turn its gaze to the next four years of foreign policy and national security. The new administration will face an enormous range of military, economic, and diplomatic challenges that will test—but also provide opportunities for—U.S. competitiveness at home and abroad.

To assess these challenges and the national security implications of the 2020 election, CNAS CEO Richard Fontaine hosted a conversation with Dr. Kurt Campbell, Chairman of the CNAS Board of Directors and author of Difficult Transitions: Why Presidents Fail in Foreign Policy at the Outset of Power, on November 9, 2020.

Immediately following the conversation, Mr. Fontaine was joined by Carrie Cordero, CNAS Robert M. Gates Senior Fellow, Loren DeJonge Schulman, CNAS Adjunct Senior Fellow, Kara Frederick, CNAS Fellow for Technology and National Security, and other CNAS experts for an interactive panel discussion featuring live polling and Q&A from the online audience.

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Virtual Fireside Chat with Congressman Adam Smith

On October 29, 2020, Congressman Adam Smith, Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, joined the CNAS Defense Program for a conversation moderated by Richard Fontaine.

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Virtual Conversation With Director of the Defense Digital Service Brett Goldstein

On October 21, 2020, the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) hosted a webinar with Director of the Defense Digital Service Brett Goldstein. Susanna Blume and Paul Scharre moderated the conversation.

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Common Code: An Alliance Framework for Democratic Technology Policy

On October 21, 2020, the Center for a New American Security hosted the launch of the Technology and National Security Program's new report, "Common Code: An Alliance Framework for Democratic Technology Policy."

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Indo-Pacific Security

Richard Fontaine and Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian Discuss America and the Post-Pandemic World

At the launch of the CNAS 2020 National Security Conference, CNAS CEO Richard Fontaine and Axios China Reporter Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian discussed challenges and opportunities...

Defense

Virtual Panel Discussion: Serious Games: How the Pentagon Uses Wargames to Develop Ideas and Inform Decisions

Jun 16, 2020

Indo-Pacific Security

Virtual Report Launch: Countering Chinese and Russian Digital Influence Operations

May 7, 2020

Energy, Economics, & Security

Virtual Report Launch: Coercive Economic Measures in the U.S.-China Relationship

Apr 24, 2020

Energy, Economics, & Security

Virtual Roundtable: U.S. Sanctions Policy and COVID-19

Apr 17, 2020

Defense

Fireside Chat with General David H. Berger

Mar 10, 2020

Washington, D.C.

Live Events

CNAS 2018 Annual Conference: Strategic Competition

Jun 21, 2018

Washington, DC

Defense

Evolving the Future Force

Mar 29, 2018

Washington, DC

Michael J. Zak Grand Strategy Lecture Featuring Robert D. Kaplan

Mar 7, 2018

Washington, DC