Capitol Hill Workshop

Emerging Threats and U.S. National Interests

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Program Description

There is no doubt that there are significant tensions between the Republican Congress and the White House. The Republican Party is deeply divided and the Democratic Party is remarkably united in opposition—and therein lies the problem facing policymakers in Washington. Deeply partisan divisions over tax and spending, immigration, energy, health, trade, defense and foreign policy demand serious attention, while rapidly changing global events, from Syria to North Korea, compound the difficulties facing the 115th Congress.
The possible trajectories of world events will be explored in this seminar, in an off-the-record setting, with an eye on both the domestic and international forces at play. Capitol Hill Workshop attendees will have the opportunity to discuss these and other critical issues with a group of nationally recognized speakers who are experienced in all aspects of the national policymaking process.


Seminar Topics

  • The Evolution of Power in Washington: Historical Perspectives and Modern Implications
  • The Middle East: Emerging Threats (and Opportunites) in a Changing Region
  • Strategic Lawmaking on Capitol Hill and U.S. National Interests
  • China and North Korea: Open Discussion
  • National Security Strategies, Priorities, and Budgets
  • Immigration Politics and U.S. National Security
  • Emerging Threats and Why History Matters
  • Washington’s Latest Lessons in Policy, Politics and Polarization

*The above topics may change to address current events at the time of the seminar.


The fee for the two-day workshop is $1,295 per person. The program will feature approximately eight separate presentations. Also included are daily continental breakfast and working luncheon. The workshop 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.


The target audience for these seminars are civilians (GS-13 and above) and military (O-5 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 5 confirmation 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 Iris Fernandez or Patricia Patton at 703-684-8807.

Additional Information

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 2 weeks prior to the start of each program. The meeting room will open at 8:00 am and seminars will be conducted from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm.

These programs are informal and strictly “off-the-record.” No video, power point or audio-visual aids are utilized in seminar presentations. We ask that electronic devices not be accessed during the presentations.

Excellent course, provided me some valuable insight into important issues. I leave here better equipped as a leader.

H. Hutchison, Air Force

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

Very interesting group of speakers! Best seminar/program I’ve attended in 34 + years.

P.F., Air Force • Leadership in a Transformational Age Seminar July 2016

Very good insights. I appreciate the world-class experts you assemble.

P.G., Air Force • Transnational Issues Seminar April 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