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National Security Seminar Events | 2022 Season

Mobilizing Cooperation to Advance National Security

Mobilizing cooperation to advance national security — both international and domestic — has become increasingly critical to meeting security challenges in areas such as the Arctic, military application of commercial drones, and supply of critical minerals. The 2022 National Security Seminar series explored how US policymakers simultaneously confront shared challenges and strategic competition while leaning into a culture of cooperation to enhance national security activities.

The 20th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party

Foreign Policy, Technology, and Military Dimensions

This event took place on November 17, 2022.

FEATURING: David Finkelstein, Vice President, CNA, and Director, China and Indo-Pacific Security Affairs Division, Elizabeth Wishnick, Senior Research Scientist, China Studies Program, CNA, and Senior Research Scholar, Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University, and April Herlevi, Senior Research Scientist, Indo-Pacific Security Affairs Program, CNA

MODERATOR: Emily Feng, Beijing Correspondent, National Public Radio (NPR)

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The Crackdown in Iran: Women, Peace, and Security

This event took place on October 25, 2022.

Featuring: Dr. Michael Connell, Principal Research Scientist, Strategy, Plans, Policies, and Programs Division, CNA and Nazee Moinian, Non-Resident Scholar, Iran Program, Middle East Institute

Moderator: Nilanthi Samaranayake, Research Program Director, Strategy and Policy Analysis, CNA

Introductions: Halleh Seyson, Divisional Vice President, Institute for Public Research, CNA

Critical Minerals, Supply Chains, and Domestic Resilience

This event took place on September 29, 2022.

Featuring: Halimah Najieb-Locke, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Industrial Base Resilience, Department of Defense and Dr. Sarah Ryker, Associate Director of Energy and Minerals, United States Geological Survey

Moderator: Honorable Sharon Burke, Senior Advisor on Energy and Climate, CNA

Introductions: Dr. Eric Thompson, Vice President and Director, Strategy, Policy, Plans and Programs Division, CNA

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Drones Over Ukraine: Commercial Technologies in Combat

This event took place on September 23, 2022.

Featuring: Samuel Bendett, Advisor, Russia Studies Program, CNA, Heather M. Roff, Senior Research Scientist, Special Activities and Intelligence Program, CNA and Faine Greenwood, Owner, Tarentum Consulting, LLC

Moderator: Jeffrey Edmonds, Senior Research Scientist, Russia Studies Program, CNA

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Countering Chinese and Russian Alliance Wedge Strategies

This event took place on June 3, 2022.

Featuring: Dr. Timothy W. Crawford, Professor, Boston College Political Science Department and Author, The Power to Divide: Wedge Strategies in Great Power Competition and Arms Control as Wedge Strategy: How Arms Limitation Deals Divide Alliances, Dr. David Wallsh, Research Scientist, Countering Threats and Challenges Program, CNA, Dr. Andrew Taffer, Research Scientist, Indo-Pacific Security Affairs Program, CNA and Dr. Dmitry Gorenburg, Senior Research Scientist, Russia Studies Program, CNA

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PRC Economic Activity in the Arctic

Implications and Opportunities for the United States and Europe

This event took place on March 14, 2022.

Featuring: Amb. Michael Mann, Ambassador at Large for the Arctic, European Union, Mr. Mark E. Rosen, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, CNA and Ms. Heidi Holz, Senior Research Scientist, China Studies Program, CNA

Moderator: Mr. Cornell Overfield, Research Analyst, Strategy and Policy Analysis Program, CNA

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