CNAS Live Events

Explore previous live virtual events:

Watch:

Day 6: CNAS 2021 National Security Conference | Security in the Balance: Gaming the Next Defense Strategy

As part of Day 6 of the CNAS 2021 National Security Conference on June 17, 2021, the CNAS Defense Program and expert guests hosted a live virtual strategy game exploring some of the critical challenges shaping the Department of Defense’s (DoD) next National Defense Strategy (NDS). The game focused on the Indo-Pacific region, forcing players to make tough tradeoffs in a budget constrained environment among capacity, capability, and readiness to achieve their overarching goals.

This game drew from the Defense Program’s wide-ranging expertise on defense strategy and force planning, highlighting the Center’s unique gaming capabilities through the Gaming Lab. For more information about featured contestants or about the conference, visit conference.cnas.org.

Day 4: CNAS 2021 National Security Conference | The Pitch: A Competition of New Ideas

As part of Day 4 of the CNAS 2021 National Security Conference on June 15, 2021, CNAS hosted its annual premier event to elevate emerging and diverse voices in national security: The Pitch: A Competition of New Ideas. Selected applicants will make their pitch for innovative policy ideas to meet new challenges in U.S. national security policy in front of a distinguished panel of judges and a live virtual audience. For more information about featured contestants or about the conference, visit conference.cnas.org.

Day 3: CNAS 2021 National Security Conference | The Quad Equation: How Four Democracies Can Uphold the Rules-based Order in the Indo-Pacific

As part of Day 3 of the CNAS 2021 National Security Conference on June 10, 2021, CNAS Senior Fellow and Director of the Indo-Pacific Security Program Lisa Curtis hosted Stephen Biegun, Michael Fullilove, Vijay Gokhale, and Shinsuke Sugiyama, for a discussion on the future of Quad engagement and what it means for growing strategic competition between the United States and China and the trajectory of the Indo-Pacific regional order. Following the first-ever Quad summit earlier this year, what can we expect from this emerging powerful group of Indo-Pacific democracies? Will the four nations—Australia, India, Japan, and the United States—be able to develop a coherent agenda that strengthens their respective national security interests and fosters economic development, peace, and stability throughout the region? For more information about the conference, visit conference.cnas.org.

Day 3: CNAS 2021 National Security Conference | America and the Middle East

As part of Day 3 of the CNAS 2021 National Security Conference on June 10, 2021, CNAS expert Ilan Goldenberg discussed new opportunities for effective partnerships to strengthen U.S. competitiveness in the Middle East. For 20 years, American presidents have tried to withdraw U.S. military forces from the Middle East, only to be pulled back in. As calls for the United States to completely withdraw from the region grow, how can policymakers adopt a coherent strategy for efficiently managing America’s interests in the region? For more information about the conference, visit conference.cnas.org.

Day 3: CNAS 2021 National Security Conference | Russia: An Assumptions Check

As part of Day 3 of the CNAS 2021 National Security Conference on June 10, 2021, CNAS experts hosted an interactive virtual session to check key assumptions about Russia, the challenges it poses, and how the United States can respond. How should U.S. policymakers think about the Russia challenge, especially in the face of other national security priorities? From the SolarWinds cyber breach to Moscow’s massive military buildup on Ukraine’s border this spring, Russia’s enduring threat to U.S. security interests is clear. CNAS Senior Fellow and Director of the Transatlantic Security Program Andrea Kendall-Taylor moderated a conversation featuring Eddie Fishman, Michael Kofman, and Margarita Konaev. For more information about the conference, visit conference.cnas.org.

Day 3: CNAS 2021 National Security Conference | Military Recruitment for an Era of Competition

As part of Day 3 of the CNAS 2021 National Security Conference on June 10, 2021, CNAS convened a panel focused on the current state of recruitment, retention, and talent management, examining ongoing efforts to ensure that the military is building a competitive force that reflects American society. The makeup of the U.S. military reflects the strengths of American democracy, providing operational advantages in near-peer competition. Yet, the All-Volunteer Force faces a range of issues that hinder representation in the military, including extremism, racism, and sexual assault. CNAS Senior Fellow and Director of the Military, Veterans, and Society Program Katherine Kuzminski moderated a conversation with Bishop Garrison, Lieutenant Colonel Garrett Kaye, and Kori Schake. For more information about the conference, visit conference.cnas.org.

Day 3: CNAS 2021 National Security Conference | Protecting Democracy, Protecting National Security

As part of Day 3 of the CNAS 2021 National Security Conference on June 10, 2021, CNAS convened a virtual conversation about the hard choices facing members of Congress surrounding oversight of the nation’s homeland security enterprise. Bolstering democracy at home in the face of an elevated threat from domestic extremist violence is a national security imperative. Axios National Political Correspondent Jonathan Swan moderated a panel discussion featuring Carrie Cordero, Rep. Peter Meijer, and Rep. Elissa Slotkin. For more information about the conference, visit conference.cnas.org.

Day 3 | CNAS 2021 National Security Conference: A New American Security

Day 3 of the CNAS 2021 National Security Conference on June 10, 2021 featured a series of interactive online sessions on issues such as technology and economic competition, the future of defense, and the challenges to democratic values.

For the full conference schedule and for more information, visit the official conference website: https://conference.cnas.org/.

Day 2: CNAS 2021 National Security Conference | Live Podcast: CNAS Brussels Sprouts

As part of Day 2 of the CNAS 2021 National Security Conference on June 9, 2021, the CNAS Transatlantic Security Program hosted a live, interactive recording of the Center’s Brussels Sprouts podcast with co-hosts Andrea Kendall-Taylor and Jim Townsend, featuring Steven Erlanger, Anne Gearan, Susan B. Glasser, and Constanze Stelzenmüller.

For the full conference schedule and for more information, visit the official conference website: https://conference.cnas.org/.

Day 1: CNAS 2021 National Security Conference | The Future of Indo-Pacific Strategy - Panel Discussion

As part of Day 1 of the CNAS 2021 National Security Conference on June 8, 2021, CNAS CEO Richard Fontaine hosted a panel discussion featuring Lisa Curtis, Mike Green, Amb. Harry Harris, and Tanvi Madan, about how responses from the United States, Australia, India, and Japan to China’s growing regional assertiveness will prove crucial in shaping the region’s future. The United States and China are competing across economic, diplomatic, military, technological, and ideological spheres, with implications for the future of the Indo-Pacific region. For more information about the conference, visit conference.cnas.org.

Day 1: CNAS 2021 National Security Conference | Fireside Chat with Kurt Campbell

On June 8, 2021, the first day of the Center's annual conference, CNAS CEO Richard Fontaine hosted Kurt Campbell, Deputy Assistant to the President and Coordinator for Indo-Pacific Affairs in the National Security Council, for a conversation about how responses from the United States, Australia, India, and Japan to China’s growing regional assertiveness will prove crucial in shaping the region’s future. For more information about the conference, visit conference.cnas.org.

Day 1: CNAS 2021 National Security Conference | Global Digital Order

As part of Day 1 of the CNAS 2021 National Security Conference on June 8, 2021, CNAS experts and guests discussed what America and like-minded democratic countries can do to strengthen their cooperation, protect crucial advantages, and promote free and open norms and values around emerging technologies. Megan Lamberth and Ainikki Riikonen began with live trivia questions, and Axios Future Correspondent Bryan Walsh moderated a panel featuring Lisa Curtis, Martijn Rasser, and Zoe Weinberg. As the global technology competition intensifies, how can the United States regain its edge? For more information about the conference, visit conference.cnas.org.

Day 1: CNAS 2021 National Security Conference | Show Me the Crypto

As part of Day 1 of the CNAS 2021 National Security Conference on June 8, 2021, EES Adjunct Senior Fellow Yaya J. Fanusie and Research Assistants Jason Bartlett and Emily Jin hosted an interactive choose-your-own-adventure style scenario following a fictitious South Korean cryptocurrency exchange and associated cybersecurity risks. Following every new development, the audience chose between two options which resulted in different outcomes. Our expert panel then offered thoughts and insights on the voted options and associated developments, followed by a final evaluation of the outcome and its relevance to issues today. With each new decision, the audience learned more about the economic and national security implications related to innovations in financial technology. For more information about the conference, visit conference.cnas.org.

Day 1: CNAS 2021 National Security Conference | Fireside Chat with DSD Kathleen Hicks

On June 8, 2021, CNAS launched its 15th annual national security conference. To set the stage for the two weeks ahead, CNAS CEO Richard Fontaine hosted Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks for a fireside chat about America’s changing foreign policy landscape and the need for a new national security vision. For more information about the conference, visit conference.cnas.org.

Day 1: CNAS 2021 National Security Conference | Opening Panel Discussion

As part of Day 1 of the CNAS 2021 National Security Conference, the Center hosted a panel discussion about America’s changing foreign policy landscape and the need for a new national security vision. The session was moderated by Axios reporter Dave Lawler, and featured Ilan Goldenberg, Stacie Pettyjohn, Vance Serchuk, and Amy Studdart. For more information about the conference, visit conference.cnas.org.

Day 1: CNAS 2021 National Security Conference | Opening Remarks by CNAS CEO Richard Fontaine

To launch the CNAS 2021 National Security Conference, A New American Security, CNAS CEO Richard Fontaine provided opening remarks, setting the stage for a series of keynote conversations with members of the CNAS community, expert guests, and leading policymakers about America’s changing foreign policy landscape and the need for a new national security vision. For more information about the conference, visit conference.cnas.org.

Day 1 | CNAS 2021 National Security Conference: A New American Security

On June 8, 2021, the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), in partnership with Axios, launched the 15th Annual CNAS National Security Conference, A New American Security. The virtual conference will explore the new challenges, ideas, and voices transforming America’s national security landscape. It will feature a series of interactive online sessions on issues such as technology and economic competition, the future of defense, and the challenges to democratic values.

For the full conference schedule and for more information, visit the official conference website: https://conference.cnas.org/.

Special Event: President Biden’s First International Trip: Views from the National Security Council

To discuss the Biden Administration's approach to the upcoming G7, NATO, and U.S.-EU Summits and bilateral meetings with fellow leaders, CNAS hosted Daleep Singh, Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor, Amanda Sloat, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Europe on the National Security Council, and Eric F. Green, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Russia and Central Asia on the National Security Council. The discussion was moderated by Andrea Kendall-Taylor, Senior Fellow and Director of the CNAS Transatlantic Security Program.

Virtual Report Rollout Event: Advancing a Liberal Digital Order in the Indo-Pacific

On May 27, 2021, CNAS hosted a virtual event coinciding with the release of a new CNAS report, Advancing a Liberal Digital Order in the Indo-Pacific, authored by Lisa Curtis, Jacob Stokes, and Joshua Fitt.

The report rollout event featured a conversation with the report’s coauthors and an expert panel discussion, featuring Jared Cohen, Founder and CEO, Jigsaw; Sarah Cook, Research Director for China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan, Freedom House; Jonathan E. Hillman, Senior Fellow, Economics Program, and Director, Reconnecting Asia Project, CSIS; Martijn Rasser, Senior Fellow, Technology and National Security Program, CNAS. Richard Fontaine, Chief Executive Officer, CNAS, moderated.

Special Event: Australian and U.S. Approaches to Cyber and Critical Technologies

To discuss Australian and U.S. approaches to the national security challenges and opportunities surrounding cyber and critical technologies, CNAS hosted Ambassador Tobias Feakin, Australia’s inaugural Ambassador for Cyber Affairs and Critical Technology, Lauren Zabierek, Executive Director of the Cyber Project at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center, and Tarun Chhabra, Senior Director for Technology and National Security on the National Security Council.

Ambassador Feakin, Ms. Zabierek, and Mr. Chhabra were introduced by Martijn Rasser, Senior Fellow in the CNAS Technology and National Security Program, for a panel discussion.

Special Event: Virtual Fireside Chat with General Charles Q. Brown

Watch live as Dr. Stacie Pettyjohn, Senior Fellow and Director of the CNAS Defense Program, hosts General Charles Q. Brown, Chief of Staff of the Air Force, for a conversation on building an air force to win the high-end fight.

Virtual Report Rollout Event: More than Half the Battle: Information and Command in a New American Way of War

On May 20, 2021, CNAS hosted a virtual discussion on a new report entitled: "More than Half the Battle: Information and Command in a New American Way of War," by Chris Dougherty, Senior Fellow in CNAS' Defense Program.

Special Event: Virtual Fireside Chat with General Paul E. Funk II

On May 6, 2021, CNAS hosted a conversation on the Army People Strategy, as well as the role of leader development, training, and education (LDTE). This discussion featured General Paul E. Funk II, Commanding General, Army Training and Doctrine Command, and will be moderated by Dr. Stacie Pettyjohn.

Special Event: Building a Clean Network for International Security

On May 6, 2021, CNAS hosted a live virtual discussion featuring Keith Krach, former Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment, as well as former DocuSign CEO and a veteran Silicon Valley executive, alongside moderator Heather Nauert, CNAS Board of Advisors member and former State Department Spokesperson.

Mr. Krach and Ms. Nauert were introduced by Richard Fontaine, CNAS CEO, and joined by Martijn Rasser, Senior Fellow in the CNAS Technology and National Security Program.

Virtual Panel Discussion: Aligning U.S.-Israel Cooperation on Technology Issues and China

On April 29, 2021, CNAS hosted a panel discussion alongside the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) and the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS), on "Aligning U.S.-Israel Cooperation on Technology Issues and China." The event featured Shira Efron, Senior Research Fellow (INSS), Jacob Nagel, Former Head of Israel's National Security Council and Senior Fellow (FDD), Martijn Rasser, Senior Fellow with the Technology and National Security Program (CNAS), Ambassador Daniel Shapiro, Former U.S. Ambassador to Israel and Distinguished Visiting Fellow (INSS), and Ilan Goldenberg, Director and Senior Fellow with the Middle East Security Program (CNAS).

Watch:

Special Event: The U.S. Army's Strategic Priorities

On April 27, 2021, CNAS hosted a live virtual conversation featuring the Honorable John E. Whitley, Acting Secretary of the Army; General James C. McConville, Chief of Staff of the Army; and General John M. Murray, Commanding General of Army Futures Command, moderated by Stacie Pettyjohn, Senior Fellow and Director of the CNAS Defense Program.

Watch:

Special Event: The Future of U.S. Naval Strategy

In an increasingly competitive global environment, few issues are more pressing than the enterprise of naval forces around the world. From the tense South China Sea to the rapidly evolving Arctic, U.S. naval strategy—and the strategies of its competitors—will help define the future of geopolitical power.

To discuss this critical issue and the U.S. Navy’s approach, CNAS hosted a virtual fireside chat with Admiral Mike Gilday, U.S. Chief of Naval Operations, and Richard Fontaine, CNAS Chief Executive Officer, on April 7, 2021.

Watch:

Defense

Virtual Fireside Chat with General John M. Murray

Sep 10, 2020

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

Explore previous live in-person events:

Watch:

Defense

Fireside Chat with General David H. Berger

Mar 10, 2020

Washington, D.C.

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