National & International Security Leadership Seminar

Register Today

Program Description

Increasing threats to national security pose unprecedented challenges to the United States both at home and abroad. The National and International Security Leadership Seminar will explore the most effective leadership strategies and address the overwhelming national security threats facing America today. Covering a range of ongoing issues, this program will also address 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 discuss national security policy from conception to implementation.

Seminar Topics

  • Black Swan Events: What May Threaten Us Next
  • Nation Building in Sub-Sahara Africa: Successes and Failures
  • Cyber and Technology Issues from a National Security Perspectives
  • ISIS and AL-Qaeda: A Current Threat Assessment
  • North Korea: Exploring the Heart of Darkness
  • Reform, Revolution and Civil War: Syria in the Shadow of Foreign Intervention
  • American Power and Global Order: Leadership in a Transitional Age
  • China and East Asia: Open Discussion
  • American Exceptionalism from Washington to the Present Day
  • National Security Strategy, Priorities, and Budgets
  • Leadership and American Policy in the Middle East Policy
  • Advancing U.S. Strategic Interests in a Turbulent North Africa
  • South Africa: The Hopes and Disappointments of the “Rainbow Nation”
  • Why India is Not a Great Power…Yet
  • Understanding China’s Economic Size, Capabilities and Reach
  • Pakistan, Afghanistan, and the United States: The Future of a Troubled Region
  • From the Former Soviet Union to the Present Day Russia: How It Started and Where It Leads
  • The European Union in Institutional Crisis: Politics, Demographics, and Economic Tensions
  • Emerging Threats—Why History Matters
  • Central and South America in Transition: Shifting Coalitions and an Uncertain Future
  • Breaking Up Isn’t Hard to Do: Is Any Country Safe?



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.


Additional Information

The National and International Security Leadership Seminar 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 is required at the Capitol Hill Club.  

Reporting information concerning registration time and meeting room assignments 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 am to 4:00pm.

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

If you have any questions or need further information, please call Iris Fernandez or Patricia Patton at 703-684-8807.

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 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

A Home Run! A great line-up of speakers/moderators with real-time expertise and analysis. Insight was exceptional…so glad I had the opportunity to attend.

Air Force Attendee, May 2014

This was one of the most powerful and informative seminars in which I have participated. I attended Air War College in 1997 and work as an engineering manager. It is great to again have this level of informed discussions regarding current world-wide events and hot spots. Brilliant!

Air Force Attendee, May 2014

Outstanding string of speakers that really understood their areas of expertise and provided the group with great insights into the strategic and policy issues related to those areas. Very, very informative!

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