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 amidst confrontation and cooperation with 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.

Seminar Topics

  • Transition or Transformation: Engagement, World Order, and the Crisis of Legitimacy
  • Global Megatrends and U.S. National Security
  • Welcome to the Korean Game of Thrones
  • America’s South Asia Challenge: Is There a Way Out?
  • The Current State of U.S.-China Relations: Challenges to U.S. National Interests
  • The Immigration Challenges and Border Security: A View from the Ground
  • Four Power Cooperation in the Pacific: United States, Japan, Australia, and India
  • The Russia Challenge: The Continuing Threats of a Failed Ideology
  • Emerging Threats and Why History Matters
  • Turkish-American Relations: Current Tensions and Future Prospects
  • Media and National Security: A Conversation
  • 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
  • Gulf States and the New Regional Order
  • The EU and the Post-Cold War Order in Europe
  • Iran and the World
  • Latin America: A Region of Extreme Political Economies
  • The Changing Nature of Terrorism and Transnational Crime

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



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 $3,875 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.

This is a fantastic opportunity. I read a lot, but this showed me many areas where my historical knowledge is lacking and I am motivated to dig in!

M.B., Air Force • National and International Secuirty Leadership Seminar May 2015

The exposure to these experts and their wide and varied opinions was fascinating for me. Making sense of the world we live in and overlaying that with U.S. national security interests is the “Kobayashi Maru” of our time…loved it!!!

T.K., Air Force • National and International Secuirty Leadership Seminar March 2017

Your programs are fantastic. I have enjoyed every one of them and will absolutely recommend them to others, as well as attend future events myself.

T.K., Air Force • National and International Secuirty Leadership Seminar March 2017

Hearing from folks who have “been there/done that” made the seminar.

D.B., Air Force • National and International Secuirty Leadership Seminar February 2017

Facilities, organization and speakers were superior. One of the best educational experiences I have had.

W.J., Air Force • National and International Secuirty Leadership Seminar March 2017