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June 11, 2020

CNAS and Axios Partner to Present the CNAS 2020 National Security Conference

By Cole Stevens

The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) is pleased to announce its partnership with Axios for the CNAS 2020 National Security Conference, the America Competes Summer Series. The series will launch on June 17 as part of a broader campaign to renew American competitiveness at home and abroad across a range of vital national security arenas.

The conference will be a virtual forum for discussions on sustaining U.S. military deterrence, securing U.S. technological advantages, advancing U.S. values while countering high-tech illiberalism, strengthening U.S. national security institutions, and bolstering U.S. economic power and leadership—all while showcasing next generation leaders and ideas. Axios journalists will offer insight and moderate the sharing of ideas. Each session will convene policymakers, practitioners, and analysts, as well as experts from the private sector and academia.

Interactive Sessions:

June 17

Future Scenarios: America and the Post-Pandemic World

This interactive workshop will explore the world after COVID-19 through a series of focused scenario discussions.

Featuring: Richard Fontaine, CNAS CEO // Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian, Axios China Reporter

June 24

The Pitch: A Competition of New Ideas

CNAS’ premier event to elevate emerging and diverse voices in national security. Selected applicants will make their pitch for innovative policy ideas to renew American competitiveness in front of a distinguished panel of judges and live virtual audience.

July 15

Technology Competition: Contesting the Virtual Playing Field

These sessions will challenge the audience to weigh the economic and security concerns around a hypothetical foreign investment in a U.S. artificial intelligence (AI) firm and explore how AI can enable media manipulation and advance illiberal uses of technology.

Featuring: CNAS experts and Sara Fischer, Axios Media Reporter

July 22

A Deadly Game: East China Sea Crisis 2030

Join in as the CNAS Defense team and leading experts conduct a virtual wargame in the year 2030, exploring command and information concepts for a new American way of war.

Featuring: CNAS experts and Bryan Walsh, Axios Future Correspondent.


Learn more and register at

For registration questions, contact Jasmine Butler at For media questions, contact Cole Stevens at


  • Cole Stevens

    Former Communications Officer

    Cole Stevens is a former Communications Officer at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). In this role, he led the Center's press and public affairs strategy to advanc...