ISW at the 2016 Concordia Summit-Watch LIVE

ISW is proud to announce its participation in the 2016 Concordia Summit in New York City on September 19 and 20.  The Concordia Summit convenes the world’s most prominent business, government, and nonprofit leaders to enable effective partnerships for impact. Thought leaders and innovators gather at this global affairs forum to examine the world’s most pressing challenges and identify avenues for collaboration.  This event is open to members of the press and you can find registration details here.


ISW (in conjunction with our partner the Critical Threats Project of AEI) will participate in both a plenary session as well as a more focused Strategic Dialogue at Concordia. See the full Summit agenda hereThese dynamic and participatory discussions, where everyone around the table is encouraged to interact, serve as high-level working groups. Strategic Dialogues stimulate conversation leading to action items aimed at solving key global issues.

Dr. Kimberly KaganISW’s President and Founder, Dr. Kimberly Kagan, will join the Director of the Critical Threats Project, Dr. Frederick W. Kagan for a plenary session titled “The Ripple Effect:  Mapping Security Implications of Global Events.” 

In today’s world, one crisis can be the catalyst for multiple global reactions ranging from public protests and violent outbreaks, to drastic market and currency fluctuations. The volume of information available expands exponentially, yet our comprehension of the problems falters. The task of understanding root causes and resulting effects from a particular event, and formulating appropriate responses, is beyond the capabilities of any single organization or even government alone, requiring true collaboration across sectors. It also requires novel ways of visualizing the devolving international situation that show the many layers of interacting phenomena, states, and non-state actors.

In this session, Drs. Frederick and Kimberly Kagan will present such a visualization depicting enemy groups, the interests and activities of the U.S. and its allies, refugee flows, and the other elements needed to understand the world environment and think about how to respond to it.

In addition, Drs. Frederick and Kimberly Kagan will join ISW Board member GEN David H. Petraeus (U.S. Army, Ret. and formerly Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, as well as commanding general of U.S. Central Command, the International Security Assistance Forces in Afghanistan, and the Multinational Force-Iraq) for a Strategic Dialogue titled “Intelligence from Open Sources: Partnerships for International Security.”

As the world faces complex and ever-changing security challenges, it is more difficult than ever to combat global threats. Creating an open source database where citizens can contribute relevant information is an innovative solution to this challenge. Collaboration is essential in establishing this platform, as intelligence agencies, technology firms, and security advocates alike have a shared interest in creating a global network of information gathering.

To learn more about how to attend the Summit as a Concordia member, click here.


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