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. There is no doubt that NATO embraces one of the most successful multilateral military alliances in history, while the European Union continues its ambitious attempt to a peaceful, political integration. 

When Russian forces pushed into Ukraine, the move reordered Eurasian geopolitical chessboard in profound ways. While its implications are not entirely clear, the disruptions have been severe. Meanwhile, against this backdrop, China continues its rise across the world, particularly in Eurasia. Global supply chains tied to Europe are more snarled than ever, and debates about globalism and sovereignty ripple across the continent.

How should the U.S view NATO and the EU in a time of great power competition? Do these two great constructs merely overlap? Or are they coming to a divergence? Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the subsequent fall-out have given new life to NATO, which has expanded to include Finland and Sweden. These are the kind of crucial questions we will explore in this three-day seminar.

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.


Suggested Seminar Topics

  • How the Ukraine War Has Reordered Eurasia and the World
  • The New Atlanticists: How Russia’s War Revitalized US-Europe Ties
  • Russian Energy and the Future of Europe
  • China’s Eastern European Policy: Challenges and Drivers of Conflict
  • The European Balance of Power: New Realities and Historical Context
  • Navigating a Post-Brexit Europe: Scenarios for a Revised European Order
  • Populism, Nationalism, and Globalism in a New Europe
  • Why Central and Eastern Europe are Vital to Global Security
  • The New North Atlantic Economic Corridor
  • The New German Defense Zeitenwende (Turning Point) In Context
  • Integration, Immigration, and European Identity: Europe’s Demographic Future
  • Russia in the Middle East: Why It Matters for Europe
  • Securing the Mediterranean Borders—Is it Too Late and Who’s Taking Responsibility?
  • South Caucasus: Prospects for Rising Instability
  • Relations between Turkey and Europe in a Period of Political and Economic Change
  • Turkey After Erdogan? Drivers of Change and Continuity
  • Chinese Ambitions, Leverage, and Strategic Investment Across Europe
  • Rethinking Energy Independence in Europe

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


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.



The fee for each three-day Foreign Policy Seminar is $2,475 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. An on-site staff person will assist participants as needed and coordinate daily activities.



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

Reporting information will be sent to all participants approximately two weeks prior to the start of each program.

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

The exposure to these experts and their wide and varied opinions was fascinating for me. Making sense of the world we live in and overlaying that with U.S. national security interests is the “Kobayashi Maru” of our time…loved it!!!

T.K., Air Force • National and International Secuirty Leadership Seminar March 2017

Felt like “Neo” in the Matrix—mass influx of expert information in a concise and rapid-fire format. Awesome!

J.P., Air Force • National and International Secuirty Leadership Seminar May 2015

I benefited from the left-leaning, democratic perspectives that juxtaposed the conservative perspectives. Keep it balanced—it was awesome!

M.P., Air Force • Enterprise Perspective Seminar October 2016

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