Eurasia Field Seminar

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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 the 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.

By drawing upon the knowledge and experience of a diverse group of prominent experts on Eurasia, this seminar will offer attendees the opportunity to deepen their understanding of this critical and fast changing region in an informal, off-the-record setting.


Suggested Seminar Topics

  • How the Ukraine War Has Reordered Eurasia and the World
  • What Is the Future of NATO?
  • The European Balance of Power: Why History Matters
  • Preparing for Russia’s Uncertain Future
  • Russia’s Grand Strategy in Europe and Central Asia
  • Islam in Europe: Multicultural Coexistence or Clash of Civilizations?
  • Is Russia a Superpower?
  • Eurasia’s Strategic Balance: Geopolitics and Geoeconomics
  • The Strategic Significance of Central Asia
  • Turkey’s Role in an Evolving Eurasia
  • China’s Grand Ambitions for Eurasia
  • The EU and the Pivot to the East After the Cold War
  • The Geopolitics of the Black Sea Basin
  • Demogrpahics, Urbanization, and Migration of the Region
  • Climate Challenges in Eurasia
  • Europe’s Energy Conundrum and the Russia/Ukraine War

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

Available Formats/Delivery Options

The one-day, in-person Eurasia Field Seminar will be delivered on base or at a nearby hotel. The seminar will feature approximately five separate presentations followed by an afternoon panel discussion.

A one-day live broadcast/virtual Eurasia Field Seminar is also available. It features five separate presentations followed by an afternoon panel discussion. Questions or comments are transmitted live via “chat”.

Please call 703-684-8807 for further information and pricing.

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

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

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

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

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