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The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs at Johns Hopkins SAIS are pleased to introduce the Future Strategy Forum, a new initiative to connect women scholars who research national security with the practitioners who make it.


U.S. national security would be better served if all talent were empowered to contribute, regardless of gender, and if cutting-edge academic research spoke directly to practitioner communities. And yet, women remain underrepresented in national security research and policymaking, and national security academics remain siloed from policy. The Future Strategy Forum confronts these two challenges by bringing together female scholars and practitioners to address critical challenges and advance women in national security.

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Inaugural Conference: The Future of Force


Open to all, the inaugural conference, “The Future of Force,” will feature all women-panels devoted to the changing character of warfare and potential new strategies for the United States and its partners. The conference will take place at CSIS in Washington, DC on May 18, 2018.


For more information, or to get involved, please send an email to smartwomen@csis.org. To RSVP click here.


Agenda:


8:00 AM - 8:30 AM     Registration and Breakfast


8:30 AM - 8:45 AM     Welcome Remarks


     Dr. Kathleen Hicks
     Director, Senior Vice President; Henry A. Kissinger Chair; Director, International Security Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies
 
     Dr. Francis Gavin
     Giovanni Agnelli Distinguished Professor and Director, Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs Johns Hopkins SAIS


     Sara Plana and Rachel Tecott​
     PhD Candidates, Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


8:45 AM - 10:15 AM     Panel 1: “Actors: Future of State Security Competition”


     Ms. Julie Smith (Moderator)
     Senior Fellow and Director, Transatlantic Security Program, Center for a New American Security
               
     Ms. Amanda Dory
     Faculty, Naval War College
 
     Dr. Oriana Skylar Mastro
     Assistant Professor, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University
 
     Dr. Olga Oliker
     Senior Adviser and Director, Russia and Eurasia Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies
 
     Dr. Ariane Tabatabai
     Director of Curriculum and Assitstant Teaching Professor, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University


10:15 AM - 11:30 AM      Panel 2: “Actors: Future of Non-State Power”


     Dr. Erin Simpson (Moderator)
     Director for Strategic Planning, Northrop Grumman Government Relations Analysis Center
 
     Dr. Emma Ashford
     Research Fellow, CATO Institute
 
     Dr. Audrey Kurth Cronin
     Professor, American University, School of International Service
 
     Ms. Ciara Knudsen
     Director of Strategic Planning, SECI, Department of State
 
     Dr. Maria J. Stephan 
     Senior Advisor, United States Institute of Peace


11:30 AM - 11:45 AM     Coffee Break


11:45 AM - 1:00 AM     Panel 3: “Tools: Future of Warfare Technology”


     Ms. Rebecca Hersman (Moderator)
     Director, Project on Nuclear Issues, and Senior Adviser, International Security Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies
               
     Ms. Katherine Charlet
     Director, Technology and International Affairs Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
 
     Dr. Lindsay P. Cohn
     Associate Professor, U.S. Naval War College
 
     Ms. Sarah Mineiro
     Staff Lead for Strategic Forces Subcommittee, House Armed Services Committee
 
     Dr. Rupal Mehta
     Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, University of Nebraska-Lincoln


1:00 PM - 1:45 PM     Lunch


1:45 PM - 3:00 PM      Panel 4: “Solutions: Integrating the Toolkit”


     Dr. Mara Karlin (Moderator)
     Associate Professor of the Practice of Strategic Studies, Associate Director, Strategic Studies Program, Executive Director, The Merrill Center, Johns Hopkins SAIS


     Dr. Naazneen Barma
     Associate Professor, Naval Postgraduate School Department of National Security Affairs
 
     Ms. Bathsheba N. Crocker
     Vice President for Humanitarian Programs and Policy, CARE
 
     Ms. Kelly Magsamen
     Vice President for National Security and International Policy, Center for American Progress
 
     Ms. Dana Stroul
     Senior Professional Staff Member, Senate Foreign Relations Committee


3:15 PM - 4:30 PM   Keynote Discussion: "From the Situation Room to the Seminar Room: Practitioners, Academics, and Pracademics"

     Ms. Beverly Kirk (Moderator)
     Fellow and Director Smart Women, Smart Power Initiative; Director for Outreach, International Security Program
 
     Capt. Asha Castleberry
     U.S. Army Reserves, Adjunct Faculty Professor, Fordham University
 
     Ms. Shamila Chaudhary
     Senior South Asia Fellow, New America; Senior Advisor to Dean Vali Nasr, Johns Hopkins SAIS
 
     Dr. Janne Nolan
     Research Professor, Elliot School of International Affairs George Washington University; Chair, Nuclear Security Working Group
 
     Ms. Sara Plana
     PhD Candidate, Department of Political Science, MIT
 
     Ms. Rachel Tecott
     PhD Candidate, Department of Political Science, MIT
 
     Dr. Tamara Cofman Wittes
     Senior Fellow, Center for Middle East Policy, Brookings


4:30 PM - 6:00 PM      Closing Reception


This event is made possible with support from Smart Women Smart Power Initiative, the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs at Johns Hopkins University, and co-creators Sara Plana and Rachel Tecott, Ph.D. candidates at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).