Conference Schedule

Day 1
28 Jun 2017

Welcoming Remarks

CNAS CEO Michèle Flournoy opens this year’s annual conference with an overview of the national security landscape. Transcript – Welcoming Remarks and App Introduction
Hon. Michèle Flournoy

Who Cares about Europe?: the Future of the West and Transatlantic Cooperation

America’s relationship with Europe and the institutions that underpin the rules-based order have been an integral part of U.S. foreign policy for the past 70 years. But that system and...
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Jim Townsend
Robert Kagan
Avril Haines
Julianne Smith
Jackson Diehl

First Strike: China’s Missile Threat to U.S. Bases in Asia

Two U.S. Navy fellows examine Chinese PLA Rocket Force missile strike doctrine and its potential application to U.S. fixed bases in the region. They reveal satellite imagery of possible  evidence...
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CDR Thomas Shugart, USN
CDR Javier Gonzalez, USN

Crafting a Successful Iran Strategy

The Trump administration continues its strategic review of Iran policy but key questions remain. Will and should the administration maintain the nuclear agreement? How should the United States respond to...
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Hon. Kelly Ayotte
J. Matthew McInnis
Ilan Goldenberg
Elizabeth Rosenberg
Hon. Chris Murphy (D-CT)

Presentation of the 1LT Andrew J. Bacevich Jr. Fellowship

The Bacevich Fellowship was established in June 2007 in honor of 1LT Andrew J. Bacevich Jr., USA, of Walpole, Mass., who died from wounds suffered during combat patrol operations as...
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Shawn Brimley
Harry Krejsa

Bombshell Podcast: National Security in a Distracted World

Bombshell, a new national security podcast, will host a live show exploring the media’s communication of game-changing events and national security challenges in an era of short attentions spans, information...
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Jia Lynn Yang
Dr. Radha Iyengar
Dr. Erin Simpson
Karen Attiah
Loren DeJonge Schulman

Civil-Military Relations in the Trump Administration

What did civil-military relations look like during the first six months of the Trump administration? Where are the points of friction between President Trump and his military leaders, and what...
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Dr. Kori Schake
Mackenzie Eaglen
Dr. Rosa Brooks
Mark Hertling
Phillip Carter

Surveillance and Privacy: Can They Coexist?

Electronic surveillance is vital for counterterrorrism and other intelligence missions. Some argue, however, that a growing “surveillance state” threatens Americans’ privacy and freedom. In this session, privacy advocates and former...
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Matthew Olsen
Liza Goitein
Ellen Nakashima
Carrie Cordero
Ben Wizner
Adam Klein

What would Trigger Conflict in Asia?

Could interstate war break out in Asia? Historians, theorists, and practitioners differ over the probability and potential antagonists. Yet insights abound when experts discuss global power transition, historic rivalries, strategic...
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Dr. Patrick Cronin
Dr. Graham T. Allison
Dr. June Teufel Dreyer
Dr. Toshi Yoshihara
Dr. Zachary Shore

The Return of Marco Polo’s World and the U.S. Military Response

As Europe disappears, Eurasia coheres. The supercontinent is becoming one fluid, comprehensible unit of trade and conflict as the Westphalian system of states weakens and older, imperial legacies – Russian,...
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Robert D. Kaplan

Strategic and Force Structure Considerations for the Future

Experts in the key domains of land, air/sea and space discuss requirements for forging a successful future force. Transcript – Strategic and Force Structure Considerations for the Future
Greg Jaffe
Todd Harrison
Dr. David E. Johnson
Dr. Mara Karlin
Dr. Jerry Hendrix

Keynote Address by LTG H.R. McMaster

CNAS CEO Michèle Flournoy will talk with National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster on U.S. national security, conflict points around the globe, and America’s role in the world. Transcript – Keynote...
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LTG H.R. McMaster
Hon. Michèle Flournoy

Keynote Address by Secretary John F. Kelly

Secretary of Homeland Security John F. Kelly will take questions from CNAS President Richard Fontaine – and CNAS’ Twitter followers – on the strategy for keeping America safe. Transcript –...
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Secretary John F. Kelly
Richard Fontaine

Closing Remarks

Richard Fontaine