Transnational Issues

A Political-Economic Conflict Seminar

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Program Description


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.

 

Seminar Topics


  • The New Emerging Threats: A Global Assessment
  • Civil Conflict, Economic Collapse, and Mega-Migrations
  • 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
  • China, India and Africa—A Triangle of Conflict
  • Shanghai, Mumbai, Dubai, or Good-bye: The Emerging Market Transformation—Implications for America
  • American Exceptionalism and the Dilemma of Global Leadership
  • National Identity, Transnational Migration =and Border Security
  • Global Perspectives and the Crisis of Political Institutions

*The above topics may change to address current events 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). 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 seminar meeting room will open at 7:45 am and seminars will be conducted from 8:00 to 4:00 pm.

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

Truly outstanding insight/superior historical background and great stories born throughout scars of experience; I attended National War College and they are known for great speakers/first-hand experience - yours were better. Huge thanks; extremely well done!

M. Weaver, Wright Patterson Airforce Base

Exceptionally relevant topics and highly-credentialed speakers; very thought-provoking, in a great way; all speakers were appropriate as were the topics. As well-run and organized a class/course as I’ve ever been to.

B.K., Air Force • National and International Secuirty Leadership 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

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

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