Eurasia Seminar

Regional Boundaries and Global Responsibilities

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Program Description


Eurasia, host to the European Command, remains one of the most dynamic and consequential strategic areas on earth. It embraces one of the most successful multilateral military alliances in history, NATO, and the most ambitious attempt at a peaceful, political integration, the European Union. Do these two great constructs merely overlap? Or are they coming to a divergence?

Within the European Command lies a series of strategic entities, including the EU, the revitalized neo-Ottoman Turkey with its own ambitions into the Balkans, Mediterranean, and Near East; the newly-reviving UK as the hub of a global Commonwealth; France as the center of the Mediterranean Basin Initiative; and whether the newer Three Seas Initiative can stabilize the Eastern Front and embrace the Balkans. 

Globally, but particularly within Eurasia and its littorals, Russia is expected to be the operational and technological pacing threat against which USEUCOM must prepare. In many respects, while the ideological threat of the old Soviet Union is not there with the Russian Federation, post-Soviet Russia has its own sphere to defend and influence and now has considerably greater economic resources and viability than the USSR enjoyed during the Cold War. Of critical importance—as it was during the Cold War—is the question of the combined threat to U.S. interests from a cohesive Moscow-Beijing strategic axis, and how best the U.S. and its allies can address that potential threat.

The European states continue to be key players in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia.  Europe remains geopolitically, economically, and symbolically the ultimate strategic prize. Bringing together a distinguished group of experts, this three-day seminar will examine the key players and institutions in the area, as well as the broad social, political, and economic forces that are shaping current and future threats and opportunities.

 

Seminar Topics


  • European Politics and Security in a Time of Economic and Social Crisis
  • The Longer-Term Impact of Post-COVID-19 Debt
  • The European Balance of Power: New Realities and Historical Context
  • Navigating a Post-Brexit Europe: Scenarios for a Revised European Order
  • Russia’s Grand Strategy in Europe and Central Asia
  • Integration, Immigration, and European Identity
  • Europe’s Demographic Future
  • Russia in the Middle East: Putin’s Approach to the Region and Why It Matters for Europe
  • Securing the Mediterranean Borders—Is it Too Late and Who’s Taking Responsibility?
  • The Pandemic and Prospects for European Economic Recovery
  • Three Fundamental Threats: Russia, China and Socialism
  • Environmental Politics and the Populism: Globalists versus Nationalists in Europe
  • China and Russia: Eurasian Giants in Transition, and Competition
  • Polarization Within NATO: Do EU Military Plans Undermine the Alliance?
  • Can NATO be Repurposed to Meet New Threats?
  • Russia, the United States, and European Security
  • South Caucasus: Prospects for Rising Instability
  • The Russian Military and Space Programs
  • Relations between Turkey and Europe in a Period of Political and Economic Change
  • The Strategic Significance of Central Asia
  • Russia’s Influence on European Resources
  • Hypersonic Weapons: Are We Underestimating the Threat?
  • Chinese Ambitions, Leverage, and Strategic Investment in Europe
  • Russia, Europe and Islam: An Increasingly Explosive Triangle
  • The New Silk Road: Implications for the PRC, Russia, and Europe
  • Europe and Asia: The East/West Divide and New Axis of Power

The above topics may change to address current events and interests of the participants at the time of the seminar.
 

Moderator


The Program Moderator will have extensive experience conducting senior-level foreign policy seminars for the Intel Community. The Moderator will have first-hand knowledge and a detailed, up-to-date understanding of the region being studied in each seminar. In addition to the daily morning introduction and afternoon wrap-up, the Moderator will generally make a separate presentation and be available to provide additional presentations as needed. The Moderator will facilitate, when necessary, dialogue between the speakers and participants as well as lead the group discussions and Q&A sessions.

 

Fee


The fee for each three-day Foreign Policy Seminar is $2,250 per person. The program will feature approximately 12-15 separate presentations. Also included are daily continental breakfasts and working luncheons. The seminar will be held in a private meeting room at the Capitol Hill Club. An on-site staff person will assist participants as needed and coordinate daily activities.

 

Registration


The target audience for these seminars are civilians (GS-15 and above) and military (O-6 and above). Others who have a special interest in the subject, need-to-know, or are in key positions may apply. Seminar space is limited to assure participants have ample time for open discussion with presenters. Upon registration, attendees will receive confirmation via email within five days. Cancellations will be accepted in writing up to two weeks prior to each program. After that time, substitutions will be accepted. The Agency will be billed if registration is cancelled after the deadline.

If you have any questions or need further information, please call the office at 703-684-8807. To register click here.

 

Additional Information


The Foreign Policy Seminars will be held in a private meeting room at the Capitol Hill Club, located at 300 First Street, SE, Washington, DC. The Club is directly across the street from the Capitol South Metro Station (Blue, Silver and Orange Lines).

Reporting information concerning registration time and meeting room assignment will be sent to all participants approximately 2 weeks prior to the start of each program. The meeting room will open at 7:30 am and the seminar will begin at 8:00 am. Business attire for participants is required.

These programs are informal and strictly “off-the-record.” No video, power point or audio-visual aids are utilized in the presentations.

Absolutely enjoyed the program's overall structure. The moderator did a great job of weaving the different topics

D. Merker, Air Force

I consider myself well-read, but this seminar opened many areas that will require additional study, consideration, and preparation. Well done!

T.H., Air Force • National and International Secuirty Leadership Seminar February 2017

The speakers were excellent & the seminar was well-organized. I would definitely attend a future Alan Freed event.

S.F., Department of Homeland Security • Global Security Seminar February 2017

The experience and breadth of knowledge of all the speakers was spectacular. Their chosen topics for discussion were absolutely relevant to this audience and we were provided several themes that help to guide our planning assumptions.

J.C., Joint Enabling Capabilities Command • Professional Development Course February 2017

Balanced program with multiple views on complex subjects—well worth my time!

W.B., Pentagon • Enterprise Perspective Seminar April 2015