National & International Security Leadership Seminar

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Program Description

When the late British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan was once asked by a young journalist the most difficult part about being a statesman, he retorted: “Events, my dear boy, events.” Today’s leaders must contend with an even more complex array of both predictable and unpredictable “events” from deadly terror attacks to lethal viruses, from financial crises to refugee crises, from the rise of China to the challenge of Russia, all within the churn of a 24-7 news and social media cycle.

National security leaders, faced with the big picture, now see unprecedented and defining challenges to the United States both at home and abroad. The National and International Security Leadership Seminar will explore the critical national security threats facing America today. Covering a range of ongoing issues from geopolitics and geo-economics to regional hot spots and environmental challenges, this program will also examine the latest regional risk assessments, inter-governmental initiatives, and ongoing external commitments. 

Through a series of private and off-the-record briefings with a group of experts on specific areas of international concern, attendees will have the unique opportunity to gain insights into the key challenges shaping America’s future and discuss national security policy from conception to implementation.

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

  • Welcome to the Korean Game of Thrones
  • America’s South Asia Challenge: Is There a Way Out?
  • Understanding China’s Economic Size and Reach
  • Immigration: Addressing National Security Challenges
  • U.S.-Russian Relations from Colonial America to the Present
  • Emerging Threats and Why History Matters
  • Turkish-American Relations: Current Tensions and Future Prospects
  • Africa at the Crossroads: Political Choice and the New Disruption of Economic Growth
  • Why India is Not a Great Power (Yet)
  • China and Africa in the Xi Jinping Era
  • Reform, Revolution and Civil War: Syria in the Shadow of Foreign Intervention
  • Resources, Conflict and Migration
  • The Trump Administration’s Middle East Strategy
  • The EU and the Post-Cold War Order in Europe
  • Iran and the World
  • Latin America: A Region of Extreme Political Economies
  • Pandemic Politics and the Future of Global Governance
  • The Latest Emerging Chinese Military, Space and Security Concerns—Open Discussion



The program moderator will be of international stature and have extensive professional experience in the policy issues covered in this five-day seminar. 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 the five-day National and International Security Leadership Seminar is $3,630 per person.  The program will feature approximately 20-23 separate presentations, including case studies. Also included are daily continental breakfasts and working luncheons. An on-site Program Coordinator will assist participants as needed and coordinate daily activities.



The target audience for this seminar is senior managers and executives (civilians GS-15 and above; 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 that 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.


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.

As I go back to my command with feedback, I will “highly” encourage them to hold this seminar sacred as a “top tier” leadership development program for our “mover/shaker” Colonels and high-performing civilians. I got a “lot” of great perspective from this session that will benefit me as I progress in my career. I would enjoy coming back in three years to see how perspectives may change.

Air Force Attendee, May 2014

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

Topics, quality of speakers and venue just perfect. Really enjoyed it and will help me greatly in understanding our FMS partners.

L.S., Air Force • National and International Secuirty Leadership Seminar March 2017

Outstanding program! Timely and relevant material that I can use as a senior Air Force leader who will engage with the American public. I would highly recommend this leadership seminar. Very well done! You stretched my intellectual thought process and understanding of these issues

Air Force Attendee, May 2014

This is an exceptional program. By covering the globe, you provided valuable insight into the long-term diplomatic, information, military and economic impacts the U.S. will face in the future.

Air Force Attendee, May 2014