The world has been interdependent for centuries. This fact has rendered many categories of policy analysis, if not obsolete, inadequate. Foreign policy and national strategy are not only the product of the balance of power but also of those forces that cut across national boundaries and shape power, national interests and values. These would include ideological sentiments and movements, trading and investment patterns, the nature and distribution of technology, population movements, transnational institutions and norms, and physical environmental factors.
Information technology has amplified the global “market” in such areas as weapons, ideas, crime, and terrorism. Massive efforts of governments to limit the flow of information have failed to secure state cyberspace boundaries. Indeed, governments themselves have exploited the permeability of states to influence opinion, elections, and political movement, as well as steal technological and economic data. If it is difficult to assert sovereign control over information flows, it is proving equally difficult to curb the physical movement of people, money, weapons, and goods. It is clear that globalization is a fact of international and national life—and the very context of national security policy.
This special three-day seminar will thus address great power rivalries and regional conflicts as they are shaped by such social, political, economic, and even planetary forces. This program will bring together established experts and commentators, as well as key players in the national and international arenas, to evaluate current crises and policies within the context of ongoing and emerging transnational trends.
- The New Emerging Threats: A Global Assessment
- Civil Conflict, Economic Collapse, and Mega-Migrations
- Climate Change, Severe Weather Events, and International and Inter-communal conflict
- Globalization and Its Discontents: A Crisis in Liberal Democracy?
- Cyber and Technology Issues: Implications for National Security
- South Asia: A New Arc of Instability
- Africa: Dilemmas in Demographics, Resources, and Governance
- Brexit and Europe: Implications for the European Union and Global Economic Relations
- China: Transforming or Transfixed—A Tale of Power and Economic Growth
- Latin America: The Criminal-Terror Nexus
- The Rise of 21st Century Socialism: Implications for U.S. National Security
- Shanghai, Mumbai, Dubai, or Good-bye: The Emerging Market Transformation—Implications for America
- American Exceptionalism and the Dilemma of Global Leadership
*The above topics may change to address current events at the time of the seminar.
Alan L. Freed Associates will provide a Program Moderator who has extensive experience conducting senior-level foreign policy seminars of interest to participants. The Moderator will have first-hand knowledge and a detailed, up-to-date understanding of the issues being addressed in the seminar.
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 person will assist participants as needed and coordinate daily activities.
The Capitol Hill Workshops will be held in private meeting rooms at the Capitol Hill Club, located at 300 First Street SE, in Washington, DC. The Club is directly across the street from the Capitol South Metro Station (Blue and Orange Lines). Business attire for participants is required.
Reporting information concerning registration time and meeting room assignment will be sent to all participants approximately two weeks prior to the start of each program. The meeting room will open at 7:45 am and seminars will be conducted from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.
These programs are informal and strictly “off-the-record.” No video, power point or audio-visual aids are utilized in seminar presentations.
Really Outstanding, will highly recommend to others. Highly professional, thoughtful and experienced classmates greatly added to my positive experience in this class.W. Smith, Pentagon
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
End-to-end, an amazing group of speakers, with most diverse backgrounds. I could listen to each of the speakers for hours on end. Their collective knowledge is truly incredible.M. Chi, Defense Acquisition University - San Diego
Speakers bring a refreshing perspective on government/politics and social economics (U.S and foreign). Great Insight to happenings on the Hill, Pentagon and White House.J. Falbo, Navy
Excellent overview of an incredibly important subject given world events and a new administration. Great insights. Great speakers. Well done!G.G., Air Force • Transnational Issues Seminar April 2017