Past Events

The following conferences and workshops took place before 2014 .

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  • Conferences

    Defending the Homeland: The Role of Missile Defense: Capitol Hill briefing held by the Independent Working Group on Missile Defense and the Space Relationship
    June 25, 2013, Washington, D.C.

    Roundtable discussion on missile defense, space, and homeland security. Topics included the ground-based midcourse defense (GMD) system and the issue currently being debated as to whether to build a third GMD site on the East Coast of the United States; the status of Aegis sea-based ballistic missile defense (BMD) programs; and options for defense from space and Aegis BMD based on shore.

     
    40th IFPA-Fletcher Conference: Positioning Special Operations Forces for Global Challenges
    June 5 – June 6, 2013, Washington, D.C.

    On June 5-6, 2013, the Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis (IFPA) and the International Security Studies Program of The Fletcher School of Tufts University will convene a high-level conference in Washington, D.C., in support of U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). “Positioning Special Operations Forces for Global Challenges” will be held at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in downtown Washington, D.C. (1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW). This will be the fortieth IFPA-Fletcher Conference on National Security Strategy and Policy, in a series widely recognized as one of the nation’s premier strategic dialogues.

     
    U.S. National Security Strategy & the New Strategic Triad: Capitol Hill briefing held by the Independent Working Group on Missile Defense and the Space Relationship
    April 20, 2012, Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C.

    Organized by IFPA, this Capitol Hill briefing brought together expertise on space, nuclear modernization, and missile defense to discuss the synergistic relationships among these core components which together form the elements of a new Strategic Triad to support U.S. national security strategy and defense policy. The focus was priority issues and programs within and among space, nuclear modernization, and missile defense. Presentations were given by a panel of experts drawn primarily from IWG membership. The conference drew at least seventy-five participants from House and Senate staffs, the U.S. military services, the official civilian government, and the broader Washington, D.C., policy community. The program was videotaped as part of an effort to give broader dissemination to the presentations and discussion.

     
    39th IFPA-Fletcher Conference on National Security Strategy and Policy: The Marine Corps—America's Expeditionary Force in Readiness
    April 14 – April 15, 2011, Washington, D.C.

     
    New START, Nuclear Modernization, and Missile Defense
    July 20, 2010, Washington, D.C., Independent Working Group Conference

    The event featured sessions on threats and recent trends in missile defense; current issues including New START , the Nuclear Posture Review, nuclear modernization, and implications for missile defense; and priorities, budget needs and constraints, and programmatic initiatives.

     
    38th IFPA-Fletcher Conference on National Security Strategy and Policy: Air, Space, and Cyberspace Power in the 21st-Century
    January 20 – January 21, 2010, Washington, D.C.

     
    A New NATO, Euro-Atlantic Security, and the Greek-American Partnership
    April 28 – April 29, 2009, Washington, D.C.

     
    37th IFPA-Fletcher Conference on National Security Strategy and Policy: A New Maritime Strategy for 21st-Century National Security
    September 26 – September 27, 2007, Washington, D.C.

    The 37th IFPA-Fletcher conference on national security strategy and policy. Building on previous conferences in this series, the 37th IFPA-Fletcher National Security Conference provided a timely, high-level forum for presentation and analysis of the U.S. Navy’s New Maritime Strategy. It brought together a unique mix of expertise from government and the private sector; from the civilian and military communities; from think tanks, industry, and academia; and from the United States and abroad.

     
    36th IFPA-Fletcher Conference on National Security and Policy: Implementing the New Triad: Nuclear and Non-Nuclear Forces in 21st-Century Deterrence
    December 14 – December 15, 2005, Washington, D.C.

     
    The 35th Annual IFPA-Fletcher Conference on National Security Strategy and Policy: Planning for and Responding to Threats to the U.S. Homeland
    October 28 – October 29, 2004, Washington D.C.

     
    The 34th Annual IFPA-Fletcher Conference on National Security and Policy: Security Planning and Military Transformation after Iraqi Freedom
    December 2 – December 3, 2003, Washington D.C.

     
    Nuclear Energy and Science for the 21st Century: Atoms for Peace Plus 50
    October 22, 2003, Washington D.C.

     
    Taiwan Security and Air Power
    January 9, 2003, Washington D.C.

    As part of its research and dialogue efforts focused on Asia-Pacific security, IFPA co-sponsored this senior-level conference in Taipei, Republic of China (ROC). The conference was organized in cooperation with the Center for Taiwan Defense and Strategic Studies, the Graduate Institute of International Affairs and Strategic Studies oat Tam Kang University, and the ROC's National Defense University, all in Taipei, and with the Centre for Defence and International Security Studies of Lancaster University in the United Kingdom. The conference provided an opportunity for in-depth discussion of the potential role of airpower in undergirding the defense of Taiwan, with discussion focusing on the cross-strait balance of power as a whole and with respect to air power assets in particular, air power modernization efforts now underway in both the ROC and the People's Republic of China (PRC), the role of air and missile defense systems in ensuring ROC security, and emerging priorities for the ROC Air Force in the years ahead.
    Both before and after the conference, IFPA and other U.S. speakers and commentators were able to meet and exchange views with a very senior group of ROC officials, including President Chen Shui-bian, Defense Minister Tang Yiau-ming, Legislative Yuan Vice President Chiang Pin-Kung, Deputy Foreign Minister Kau Ying-mao, National Security Bureau Director Tsai Chao-Ming, National Security Council Secretary General Chou I-Jen, and Secretary General Chan Chun-Hsiung of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party.

    The 33rd IFPA-Fletcher Conference on National Security Strategy and Policy
    October 16 – October 17, 2002, Washington, D.C.

     
    The 32nd IFPA-Fletcher Conference on National Security Strategy and Policy: Meeting the Homeland Security Challenge
    March 25 – March 26, 2002, Washington D.C.
    IFPA Fletcher Conference: National Security for a New Era: Focusing National Power
    November 14 – November 15, 2001, Washington D.C.

     
  • Workshops

    Beyond Hugo Chávez: What to Expect in Latin America
    May 8, 2013, Washington, D.C.

    IFPA's Robert L. Pfaltzgraff, Jr., moderated this seminar in the IFPA-Hudson "Democracy in Latin America" seminar series.

     
    Rowing Together: Developing Parallel Paths to Stability, Denuclearization and a Peace Regime on the Korean Peninsula
    May 9 – May 10, 2012, Beijing

    The first of two workshops held as part of the Rowing Together: Developing Parallel Paths to Stability, Denuclearization, and a Peace Regime on the Korean Peninsula project. The event was jointly organized by IFPA, the Beijing-based China Institute of International Studies (CIIS), and the Seoul-based Institute of Foreign Affairs and National Security (IFANS) and included leading experts from China, South Korea, and the United States.

     
    U.S.-Japan Peacebuilding Cooperation: Roles and Recommendations
    March 31 – April 1, 2012, Osaka School of International Public Policy, Osaka, Japan

    This workshop, organized by IFPA and the Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP), was part of IFPA's ongoing Peacebuilding as a U.S.-Japan Alliance Mission project.

     
    Counter-Piracy and Counter-Terrorism Planning for Somalia and the Horn of Africa: Implications for NATO and NSHQ Planning
    January 10, 2012, The Hague, the Netherlands

    IFPA collaborated with the Hague Centre for Strategic Studies to organize the seventh NATO SOF Coordination Centre (NSCC) Senior Steering Group (SSG) meeting, a workshop on Somalia and future requirements for counter-piracy and counter-terrorism planning. The workshop explored options for dealing with piracy and its potential use by al-Shabab to destabilize Somalia and its regional partners, and to understand more precisely the possibilities for and/or constraints on an expanded use of NATO, the European Union (EU), or national forces to support the African Union mission in Somalia (AUMIS), to shore up the position of the Transnational Federal Government (TFG) in and possibly beyond Mogadishu, and to empower regional forces in their fight against violent extremists on the African continent. A related workshop objective was to explore the possibilities for enhancing and broadening intelligence collaboration on counter-piracy and counter-terrorism planning between NATO and the EU, and how such collaboration could enable NATO SOF to position themselves more effectively should the Alliance’s political leaders decide to support a more forward-leaning position on Somalia and the Horn of Africa, either to facilitate World Food Program deliveries or to employ the use of force, under a new UNSC mandate, to target jihadi training camps, pirate bases, or other related logistical infrastructure on the ground in Somalia. 

     
    NATO Special Operations Headquarters Senior Steering Group Meeting
    May 24 – May 26, 2011, Krakow, Poland

    The fifth SSG meeting took place in Krakow, Poland, on May 24–26, 2011, in conjunction with the NATO SOF Commanders' Conference and the dedication of the new Polish SOF Headquarters. The NATO SOF Commanders' Conference featured a panel presentation by four SSG members, focusing on lessons-learned from Afghanistan and recent operations. The four SSG members who participated on this panel — Dr. Jacquelyn K. Davis, Dr. Rob de Wijk, Commodore Lars Wille-Jorgensen, and Dr. Andrzej Karkoszka — || had each traveled to Afghanistan with members of the NSHQ and met with ISAF and national SOF teams to hear their perspectives on lessons-learned and the way ahead for NATO SOF planning, training and education, and capabilities development. This meeting also featured the participation of senior Polish defense officials and leaders from U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM), including Admiral Eric Olson.

     
    Peacebuilding as a U.S.-Japan Alliance Mission: Developing a Complementary “Whole-of-Alliance” Approach
    April 29, 2011, Washington, D.C., Center for Global Partnership (CGP), Partner Institution: Osaka University, Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP)

    The purpose of this event was to convene a group of experts and practitioners to discuss ways to enhance cooperation between the United States and Japan in international peacebuilding operations. The workshop discussions were led by seven core research members representing U.S., Japanese, and UN perspectives on peacebuilding approaches, using Afghanistan and Sudan as case studies. Other participants were drawn from the government and NGO sectors and contributed to an open exchange of ideas about how Japan and the United States can best cooperate and work synergistically in a “whole-of-alliance” approach to peacebuilding operations in vulnerable or failing states.

     
    Risk Reduction & Confidence Building on the Korean Peninsula: Challenges, Opportunities & Implications for Regional Stability
    January 19, 2011, Seoul, Republic of Korea

    A one-day trilateral dialogue organized by IFPA, the Institute for Foreign Affairs and National Security (IFANS), and the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) and supported by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency.

     
    NATO Special Operations Headquarters Senior Steering Group Meeting
    November 21 – November 24, 2010, Mons, Belgium

    This meeting was held in Mons, Belgium, on November 21-23, 2010, in conjunction with the NSHQ's formal activation ceremony and a NATO SOF commanders' conference. At this meeting, Dr. Jamie Shea, then of the Secretary General's Private Office, reported on the results of NATO's Lisbon Summit and highlighted the creation of a new NATO directorate focused on emerging security challenges (where he will now work as its Deputy Assistant Secretary General). The SSG also considered ways to boost support for SOF forces, planning, and capabilities in national capitals and discussed new mission areas, emanating from NATO's New Strategic Concept, for NATO SOF.

     
    Terrorists, Drug Traffickers, and Gangs in Latin America: Undermining Democracy
    June 9, 2010, Washington, D.C., in association with the Hudson Institute and part of the Democracy in Latin America seminar series

     
    NATO SOF Headquarters Senior Advisory Group Meeting
    March 10 – March 11, 2010, Brussels and Mons, Belgium

    SAG members discussed models for the creation of a NATO SOF aviation element and considered new mission areas for which NATO SOF capabilities might be tasked.

     
    Challenges to Democracy in Latin America: The Case of Venezuela
    December 3, 2009, Washington, D.C., in association with the Hudson Institute and part of the Democracy in Latin America seminar series

     
    A Comprehensive Approach to Combating Illicit Trafficking
    September 28 – September 29, 2009, Geneva, Switzerland

    Organized by IFPA and the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, with the support of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), and the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA).

     
    Populist Threats to Democracy in Central America
    September 22, 2009, Washington, D.C., in association with the Hudson Institute and part of the Democracy in Latin America seminar series

     
    NATO SOF Coordination Centre Senior Advisory Group Meeting
    September 9 – September 11, 2009, Rome, Italy

    The second meeting of the NATO SOF Coordination Centre (NSCC) Senior Advisory Group (SAG). held in conjunction with a larger NATO SOF Symposium entitled "NATO Special Operations Forces (SOF) – Key to Mission Success at the Strategic Level." At this second meeting, SSG members discussed implications of the new NATO Strategic Concept for SOF employment and mission planning, as well as opportunities for enhanced intelligence sharing and the operational development of Alliance SOF.

     
    Emerging Threats and Homeland/National Security: The Role of Missile Defense
    September 22 – June 23, 2009, Washington, D.C., Independent Working Group roundtable

     
    NATO SOF Coordination Centre Senior Advisory Group Meeting
    June 17, 2009, Brussels and Mons, Belgium

    The first meeting of the NATO SOF Coordination Centre (NSCC) Senior Advisory Group (SAG). SAG members were introduced to the NSCC, given briefings about its capabilities, personnel, mission-taskings, and its role in operational planning for Afghanistan.

     
    Bolivia: A Country Divided
    April 1, 2009, Washington, D.C., in association with the Hudson Institute and part of the Democracy in Latin America seminar series

     
    Democracy in Central America: How Strong?
    February 19, 2009, Washington, D.C., in association with the Hudson Institute and part of the Democracy in Latin America seminar series

     
    Peace Regime Building on the Korean Peninsula
    November 22, 2008, Washington, D.C.

    A bilateral workshop to help develop an allied consensus with regard to peace regime development on the Korean Peninsula and for broader U.S.-ROK policy coordination vis-á-vis North Korea.

     
    In Times of Crisis: U.S.-Japan Civil-Military Coordination for Disaster Relief Missions
    October 28, 2008, Tokyo, Japan

    Participants reviewed recent civil-military coordination in each country and at the United Nations, discussed the likely future course of these trends, evaluated efforts to date regarding the strengthening of allied cooperation, and discussed possible improvements.

     
    The Six-Party Talks and Opportunities to Strengthen Regional Nonproliferation and Disarmament
    October 23 – October 24, 2008, Beijing, China

    A multilateral dialogue looking beyond the immediate challenges associated with North Korean denuclearization to begin to chart a course for managing that country’s re-entry into the NPT in ways that strengthen regional and global nonproliferation and disarmament norms.

     
    Latin America's Radical Populism Challenges: What's Next for a New U.S. Administration?
    October 8, 2008, Washington, D.C., in association with the Hudson Institute and part of the Democracy in Latin America seminar series

     
    The Faces of Radical Populism in Latin America
    April 3, 2008, Washington, D.C., in association with the Hudson Institute and part of the Democracy in Latin America seminar series

     
    Radical Populism in Latin America
    November 6, 2007, Washington, D.C., in association with the Hudson Institute and part of the Democracy in Latin America seminar series

     
    Leftism and Populism in Today’s Latin America: Is Chavismo Contagious?
    July 9, 2007, Washington, D.C., in association with the Hudson Institute and part of the Democracy in Latin America seminar series

     
    Building Multi-party Capacity for a WMD-free Korean Peninsula
    April 27, 2007, Beijing, China

     
    In Times of Crisis: Global and Local Civil-Military Disaster Relief Coordination in the United States and Japan
    December 12, 2006, Washington, D.C.

     
    Pandemic Influenza Workshop: Multilateral Perspectives on Preparedness, Response Planning, and Areas for Cooperation
    September 27, 2006, Tokyo, Japan, in support of U.S. Pacific Command

    Military officers, government representatives, and foreign policy experts from the United States, Japan, and the Republic of Korea gathered for a one-day workshop to discuss the potential threat of a pandemic influenza in the Asia-Pacific region. The event was co-sponsored by the Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis, the Institute of World Studies at Takushoku University, and the United States Pacific Command (PACOM).

     
    Building Multi-party Capacity for a WMD-free Korean Peninsula
    February 17, 2006, Honolulu, Hawaii

    Government officials and foreign-policy experts from the United States, China, Russia, Japan, South Korea, and Australia gathered for a one-day workshop to discuss the six-party talks and to explore options for building regional capacity to implement a denuclearization agreement with North Korea, if and when one is concluded.

     
    Strengthening Forces for Democracy in the Middle East: Lessons from the Past and Strategies for the Future
    February 9, 2006, Washington, D.C.

    This workshop explored the extent to which lessons learned from the Cold War era struggle against Communism have relevance to the war against radical Salafist ideologies and to efforts to establish democracies in the wider Muslim world.

     
    Mexican-U.S. Partnership: Enhancing Our Common Security
    December 2, 2005, Washington, D.C.

     
    Trilateral Tools for Managing Complex Contingencies: U.S.-Japan-Korea Cooperation in Disaster Relief & Stabilization/ Reconstruction Missions
    November 2, 2005, Washington, D.C.

     
    Building Multi-Party Capacity for a WMD-Free Korean Peninsula
    March 16 – March 17, 2005, Shanghai, part of the Building Six-Party Capacity project

     
    Canada - U.S. Partnership: Enhancing Our Common Security
    March 14, 2005, Washington, D.C.

     
    Future of the Korean Peninsula and Japan - U.S. - Korea Security Cooperation
    February 20, 2004, Honolulu, Hawaii, part of the Building Six-Party Capacity project
    WMD Challenges on the Korean Peninsula and New Approaches: A U.S. - ROK - Japanese Dialogue
    April 11, 2003, Seoul, South Korea, part of the Building Six-Party Capacity project

     
    Missile Defense and Counterproliferation on the Korean Peninsula: Exploring U.S. - ROK Options and Requirements
    October 8, 2002, Seoul, South Korea

     
    The WMD Challenge on the Korean Peninsula: Exploring a Joint U.S. - ROK Alliance Response
    April 26, 2002, Washington, D.C., part of the Building Six-Party Capacity project

     
    Enhancing Japanese - U.S. Cooperation on Crisis and Consequence Management: Issues Raised by a Large-scale Earthquake in Tokyo and the Exploitation of the Event by Unknown Assailants
    April 10 – April 11, 2002, Tokyo, Japan

     
    Preparing the U.S. - Japan Alliance for a New Security Environment
    April 8 – April 9, 2002, Washington D.C.
  • Pentagon & Interagency Workshops

    Implementing a New Vision for SOCOM: Issues, Challenges, and Opportunities
    February 29, 2012, Washington, D.C., a SOCOM-IFPA workshop
    U.S.-Russian Relations Beyond New START: What’s Next, What’s Possible, and What’s Necessary
    March 7, 2011, Washington, D.C., an IFPA-DTRA-EUCOM workshop
    Exploring Options for Iran: Implications for DoD and Interagency Planning
    January 28, 2011, Washington, D.C., an IFPA-DTRA workshop
    Preventing A Nuclear Iran: Current Challenges and Future Opportunities
    October 19, 2010, Washington, D.C., an IFPA-DTRA workshop
    Responding to a Nuclear Event Outside the United States: Synchronizing Department of Defense, Combatant Command, and Interagency Roles, Missions, and Capabilities
    September 29, 2010, Washington, D.C., in support of the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
    The Air Force's Nuclear Mission and the Future of Deterrence Planning
    June 11, 2009, Washington, D.C., in support of the chief of staff, U.S. Air Force
    Re-Calibrating Security Force Assistance as a Critical Component of Waging Irregular Warfare within the Context of the Global War on Terror
    November 20, 2008, Washington, D.C., in support of U.S. Special Operations Command
    U.S.-European Dialogue on Combating WMD Proliferation
    September 21 – September 22, 2008, Garmisch, Germany, in support of U.S. European Command and the Marshall Center/NATO
    NATO’s Relevance and EUCOM’s Priorities in Dealing with a Rising Russia
    July 30, 2008, Washington, D.C., in support of U.S. European Command
    WMD Proliferation and Critical North Korea Scenarios
    September 20 – September 21, 2007, Chantilly, Virginia, in support of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence
    Rethinking the War on Terror: Developing a Strategy to Counter Extremist Ideologies: Part 2
    June 17, 2007, Washington, D.C., in support of U.S. Central Command
    Modernizing the Nuclear Stockpile and Implementing the New Triad
    February 28, 2007, Washington, D.C., in support of U.S. Strategic Command
    Rethinking the War on Terror: Developing a Strategy to Counter Extremist Ideologies: Part 1
    January 10, 2007, Washington, D.C., in support of U.S. Central Command

     
    The Way Ahead with Iran: A Libya in Waiting, a Nuclear Pariah, or Something in Between?
    August 1, 2006, Washington, D.C., in support of the under secretary of state for arms control and international security
    Dissuading, Deterring, or Defeating the Suicide Bomber Threat
    June 28, 2006, Washington, D.C., in support of U.S. Central Command
    SHAPE Seminar on Weapons of Mass Destruction: Risks and Challenges to Alliance Security
    March 9, 2006, Brussels, Belgium, in support of General James L. Jones, the supreme Allied commander, Europe (SACEUR)
    Opportunities and Challenges in U.S. Middle East Policy: Implications for U.S. Central Command Planning and Priorities
    May 25, 2005, Washington, D.C., in support of U.S. Central Command.
    Roundtable Dialogue with Allied Command Transformation
    March 9, 2005, Washington D.C., Headquarters, Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (SACT). Preliminary to wider U.S.-NATO meeting in 2005–06.
    Increasing the Effectiveness of US Security Cooperation Efforts in the Caucasus
    July 22, 2004, Washington, D.C., in support of U.S. European Command
    Catastrophic Terrorist Threat to a Key Mediterranean Port as Part of Exercise Diligent Defender ( part of Athens Olympics security planning)
    June 16 – June 17, 2004, Naples, Italy, Allied Forces Southern Region Headquarters, in support of U.S. European Command and Allied Forces Southern Region
    Planning for and Responding to Bio-terror Threats to the U.S. Homeland: NORTHCOM's Roles, Capabilities, and Requirements
    March 30, 2004, Washington, D.C., in support of U.S. Northern Command
    The Changing Face of Deterrence for NATO: New Concepts, Capabilities, and Challenges
    March 4, 2004, Washington, D.C., in support of U.S. Strategic Command, U.S. European Command, and the Defense Threat Reduction Agency.
    Options for Handling the Challenges Associated with Iran’s WMD Programs
    June 25, 2003, Washington, D.C., in support of the National Security Council and the Defense Threat Reduction Agency
    Stability, Deterrence, and the Future of the U.S.-ROK Alliance: Current Pressures and Emerging Priorities
    January 29, 2003, Washington, D.C., in support of U.S. Pacific Command, U.S. Forces Korea, and the Defense Threat Reduction Agency
    SOCOM Strategic Vision Wargame
    December 3 – December 6, 2002, Norfolk, Virginia, in support of U.S. Special Operations Command, and the Defense Threat Reduction Agency
    Space and Information Operations in a Homeland Security Contingency
    April 2, 2002, Washington D.C., in support of U.S. Space Command and the Defense Threat Reduction Agency
    The Strategic and Operational Implications of NATO Enlargement for the Southern Region
    March 16 – March 19, 2002, Naples, Italy, in support of Allied Forces Southern Region
    Homeland Security and Special Operations: Sorting Out Procedures, Capabilities, and Operational Issues
    January 17, 2002, Washington D.C., in support of U.S. Special Operations Command, U.S. Joint Forces Command, and the Defense Threat Reduction Agency