Transnational Issues Seminar

Global Forces Beyond Geopolitics

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Program Description

The world has been interdependent for millennia, although the last three decades have witnessed an acceleration of technologically driven globalization which has transformed politics, societies, economies, the environment, and cultures. Foreign policy and national strategy are not only the product of the balance of power but also of those forces which cut across national boundaries and shape power, national interests, and values. The biggest global problems do not have passports; they ignore national boundaries.

Information technology has accelerated the speed of change and 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 to steal technological, sociological, 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.

This special three-day seminar will address great power rivalries and regional conflicts as they are shaped by such social, political, economic, and even environmental 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.

Areas to be covered are reflected in the topics below and may be changed to address current issues at the time of the seminar.


Seminar Topics

  • Global Mega Trends, Transnational Issues, and U.S. National Security
  • South Asia: A New Arc of Instability
  • Nuclear Weapons, Proliferation and U.S. National Security from Tripoli to Tehran and Beyond
  • China Shakes the World: A Revolutionary Remaking of the International Order
  • North Korea: The Political-Security Challenges in Northeast Asia and the World
  • Africa: Dilemmas in Demographics, Resources, and Governance
  • Global Warming: How Environmental, Economic, and Political Crises Will Redraw the World Map
  • Brexit and Europe: Implications for the European Union and Global Economic Relations
  • The Middle East and North Africa: A Crossroad and a Dead End
  • Latin America in Transition
  • The New Space Great Game: From Geopolitics to Astor-politics
  • Transnational Issues and the Biden Administration
  • China: Transnational Challenges and Opportunities
  • Transatlantic Relations: The United States – Europe – Russia
  • Globalism and Sovereignty: A Clash of Visions
  • Plagues and Politics: a New World Order?
  • Transition or Transformation: Engagement, World Order, and the Crisis of Legitimacy
  • Civil Conflict, Economic Collapse, and Mega-Migrations
  • Cyber and Technology Issues: Implications for National Security
  • American Exceptionalism and the Dilemma of Global Leadership
  • The Changing Nature of Terrorism and Transnational Crime
  • The Threat of Global Socialism—and the End of Western Civilization

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 $2,250 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. 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 the program.

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


Exceptional breadth and depth of topics. Wonderful speakers and thought-provoking stories and perspectives. Really well done!! Thank You

D.D., Air Force • Enterprise Perspective Seminar October 2016

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

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

Format is terrific! Lots of speakers from across government enterprise and no power points. Plenty of time for engaging dialogue. I love to hear what experts and insiders have to say about out WDC enterprise.

J. Haywood, Wright Patterson Air Force Base

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