The 2020 Aspen Security Forum: August 4 - 6, 2020

 

We are pleased to announce the first-ever digital Aspen Security Forum experience, which will take place from August 4 - 6, 2020. 

The 2020 Aspen Security Forum is complimentary to all attendees. To register, please use the below buttons to access the registration form for each day of programming. Note that you will receive a Zoom link for only those days for which you register and that attendees may sign up for as many or as few days of programming as they wish

YouTube Simulcast

Please note that our Zoom sessions may host only up to 1,000 viewers at once. Any additional viewers will be redirected to our YouTube simulcast. The YouTube simulcast is also available through the links below for those who do not wish to register via Zoom to participate in the event.

 
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The 2020 Aspen Security Forum Agenda

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Tuesday, August 4

10:00 - 11:00 AM ET

Speaker: Condoleezza Rice, former U.S. Secretary of State

Moderator: Peter Baker, Chief White House Correspondent, The New York Times

11:15 AM - 12:00 PM ET

Speaker: Christian Brose, Chief Strategy Officer, Anduril Industries

Moderator: David Ignatius, Columnist and Associate Editor, The Washington Post

12:00 - 12:45 PM ET

Speaker: John Bolton, former Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs

Moderator: Carol Lee, Correspondent, NBC News

1:00 - 1:45 PM ET

Speaker: Kelly Craft, Ambassador of the U.S. to the U.N.

Moderator: Eli Lake, Opinion Columnist, Bloomberg

1:45 - 2:45 PM ET

Speaker: Laura Rosenberger, Director, Alliance for Security Democracy, the German Marshall Fund of the United States

Speaker: Renee DiResta, Research Manager, Stanford Internet Observatory

Moderator: Cecilia Kang, Technology Reporter, The New York Times

3:00 - 3:45 PM ET

Speaker: Nicholas Kristof, Op-Ed Columnist, The New York Times

Moderator: Nicholas Burns, Harvard Professor and Executive Director, the Aspen Strategy Group

4:00 - 5:00 PM ET

Speaker: Cui Tiankai, Ambassador of China to the U.S.

Moderator: Andrea Mitchell, Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent, NBC News;

Host, Andrea Mitchell Reports, MSNBC

5:30 - 6:30 PM ET

Speaker: Scott Morrison, Prime Minister of Australia

Moderator: Margaret Brennan, Anchor, CBS' Face the Nation

Wednesday, August 5

8:30 - 9:15 AM ET

The View from Singapore: A Conversation with Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan

Speaker: Vivian Balakrishnan, Foreign Minister 

Moderator: Gideon Rachman, Chief Foreign Affairs Columnist, The Financial TImes

9:15 - 10:00 AM ET

Do Morals Matter: A Conversation with Joseph Nye

Speaker: Joseph Nye, Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus, Harvard University

Moderator: Gideon Rachman, Chief Foreign Affairs Columnist, The Financial Times

10:00 - 11:00 AM ET

The View from Athens: A Conversation with Prime Minister Mitsotakis

Speaker: Kyriakos Mitsoakis, Prime Minister of Greece

Moderator: Nicholas Burns, Harvard Professor and Executive Director, the Aspen Strategy Group

11:15 - 11:45 AM ET

America at Home: Poverty and Inequality as National Security Issues

Speaker: Wes Moore, CEO, Robin Hood Foundation

Moderator: Dina Powell McCormick, former Deputy National Security Advisor

12:00 - 12:30 PM ET

Maximum Pressure: America's Strategy to Counter Iran

Speaker: Brian Hook, U.S. Special Representative for Iran

Moderator: Nick Schifrin, Foreign Affairs and Defense Correspondent, PBS NewsHour

12:30 - 1:00 PM ET

Iran, North Korea, and Beyond

Speaker: Wendy Sherman, former U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs

Moderator: David Sanger, National Security Correspondent and Senior Writer, The New York Times

1:30 - 2:30 PM ET

The View from the Pentagon: A Conversation with Secretary of Defense Mark Esper

Speaker: Mark Esper, U.S. Secretary of Defense

Moderator: David McCormick, CEO, Bridgewater Associates

2:45 - 3:15 PM ET

Fact or Fiction: Is the "Deep State" Real?

Speaker: David Rohde, Executive Editor, Newyorker.com

Moderator: Dina Temple-Raston, Investigations Correspondent, NPR

3:30 - 4:15 PM ET

Foreign Policy Choices: Recommendations from Past National Security Advisors

Speaker: Tom Donilon, former Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs

Speaker: Stephen Hadley, former Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs

Moderator: Jim Sciutto, Chief National Security Correspondent, CNN

4:15 - 5:00 PM ET

Foreign Policy Choices for 2021 and Beyond

Speaker: Antony Blinken, former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State

Moderator: Gerald Seib, Executive Editor, The Wall Street Journal

6:15 - 7:00 PM ET

A Conversation on U.S. - China Relations

Speaker: Elizabeth Economy, C.V. Starr Senior Fellow and Director for Asia Studies, Council on Foreign 

Relations

Speaker: Minxin Pei, Tom and Margot Pritzker '72 Professor of Government and George R. Roberts Fellow,

Claremont McKenna College

Speaker: Mike Pillsbury, Director, Center on Chinese Strategy, the Hudson Institute

Moderator: Joseph Nye, Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus, Harvard University

7:00 - 7:30 PM ET

View from Taipei: Battling Disinformation and Hacking a Pandemic

Speaker: Audrey Tang, Digital Minister, Taiwan

Moderator: Anja Manuel, Director, the Aspen Strategy Group

Thursday, August 6

8:00 - 8:30 AM ET

India's Foreign Affairs Strategy

Speaker: Shivshankar Menon, former National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister of India

Speaker: Tanvi Madan, Director, the India Project, and Senior Fellow, Brookings

Moderator: Anja Manuel, Director, the Aspen Strategy Group

8:30 - 9:30 AM ET

U.S. Economic Recovery from COVID: A Conversation with Lawrence H. Summers

Speaker: Lawrence H. Summers, President Emeritus, Harvard University

Moderator: Gillian Tett, Chair of the Editorial Board and U.S. Editor-at-Large, The Financial Times

9:30 - 10:15 AM ET

The View from the Hill: Protecting Liberal Values with Digital Tools

Speaker: Mark Warner, Ranking Member, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence

Moderator: David Sanger, National Security Correspondent and Senior Writer, The New York Times

10:45 - 11:30 AM ET

Science, Solutions, and Solidarity: A Conversation with WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros, Dr. Mike Ryan,

and Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove

Speaker: Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General,World Health Organization

Speaker: Mike Ryan, Executive Director, Health Emergencies Programme, World Health Organization

Speaker: Maria Van Kerkhove, COVID-19 Technical Lead, World Health Organziation

Moderator: Lester Holt, Host, NBC Nightly News

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM ET

On the Front Lines: Race, the Pandemic, and Recession

Speaker: Keisha Lance Bottoms, Mayor of Atlanta

Speaker: Francis Suarez, Mayor of Miami

Speaker: Mitch Landrieu, former Mayor of New Orleans

Moderator: Kristen Welker, White House Correspondent, NBC News

12:45 - 1:15 PM ET

Reflecting on the 75th Anniversary of Hiroshima

Speaker: Jerry Brown, Executive Chairman, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

Moderator: Rachel Bronson, CEO & President, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists 

1:15 - 2:00 PM ET

America's Endangered Alliances

Speaker: Mira Rapp-Hooper, Stephen A. Schwarzman Senior Fellow for Asia Studies, the Council on Foreign Relations

Speaker: Julianne Smith, former Deputy National Security Advisor to Vice President Joe Biden

Moderator: Nicholas Burns, Harvard Professor and Executive Director, the Aspen Strategy Group

2:45 - 3:30 PM ET

The View from Brasilia: A Conversation with Minister of the Economy Paulo Guedes

Speaker: Paulo Guedes, Minister of the Economy of Brazil

Moderator: Franklin Foer, Staff Writer, The Atlantic

3:30 - 4:15 PM ET

Brave New World: How COVID-19 Will Reshape the Globe

Speaker: Laurie Garrett, Author, The Coming Plague

Speaker: David Leonhardt, Writer, The New York Times 

Moderator: Susan Glasser, Staff Writer, The New Yorker

4:15 - 5:00 PM ET

A New Defense Paradigm: Modernizing the U.S. Department of Defense

Speaker: Michele Flournoy, former U.S. Under Secretary of Defense for Policy

Moderator: Courtney Kube, Pentagon Correspondent, NBC News 

5:00 - 6:00 PM ET

On the Front Lines of Defense Innovation in the Digital World

Speaker: Mike Brown, Director, Defense Innovation Unit

Speaker: Kathleen Hicks, Senior Vice President; Henry A. Kissinger Chair; Director, International Security Program, CSIS

Speaker: Eric Chewning, Partner, McKinsey & Company

Speaker: Ryan Tseng, CEO and Co-Founder, Shield AI

Moderator: Anja Manuel, Director, the Aspen Strategy Group

6:00- 6:15 PM ET

Closing Remarks

Speaker: Nicholas Burns, Harvard Professor and Executive Director, the Aspen Strategy Group

Speaker: Anja Manuel, Director, the Aspen Strategy Group

2020 Aspen Security Forum Videos

 

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

 

Speaker: Condoleezza Rice, former U.S. Secretary of State

Moderator: Peter Baker, Chief White House Correspondent, The New York Times

Speaker: Chris Brose, Chief Strategy Officer, Anduril Industries

Moderator: David Ignatius, Columnist and Associate Editor, The Washington Post

 

Speaker: John Bolton, former Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs

Moderator: Carol Lee, Correspondent, NBC News

Speaker: Kelly Craft, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N.

Moderator: Eli Lake, Opinion Columnist, Bloomberg

 

Speaker: Laura Rosenberger, Director, Alliance for Securing Democracy, German Marshall Fund of the U.S.

Speaker: Renee DiResta, Research Manager, Stanford Internet Observatory

Moderator: Cecilia Kang, Technology Reporter, The New York Times

Speaker: Nicholas Kristof, Op-Ed Columnist, The New York Times

Moderator: Nicholas Burns, Harvard Professor and Executive Director, the Aspen Strategy Group

 

Speaker: Cui Tiankai, Ambassador of China to the U.S.

Moderator: Andrea Mitchell, Chief Foreign Correspondent, NBC News

Speaker: Scott Morrison, Prime Minister of Australia

Moderator: Margaret Brennan, Host, Face the Nation, CBS

More Videos to be Added Soon

Frequently Asked Questions

 

How do I register for the 2020 Aspen Security Forum?

Please register for the 2020 Aspen Security Forum via the links at the top of the page. Please note that attendees must register their attendance for each individual day of programming that they intend to attend.

How many people can attend the digital Forum?

Up to 1,000 attendees may join us at once on our digital platform, with those unable to join automatically redirected to our YouTube simulcast. We strongly recommend logging in early to catch your favorite speakers and sessions.

How do I interact with the 2020 Aspen Security Forum?

As with our in-person events, attendees will have the opportunity to ask our speakers questions in real time using Zoom's "Raise Hand" function. Please note that you will be asked to turn on your camera and microphone if called upon by the moderator. We recommend appropriate attire - and a Room Rater-worthy background - if you intend to ask a question!

Please also note that those attendees participating via the YouTube simulcast will be unable to ask questions via Zoom.

Attendees may also join the conversation on Twitter by tweeting at the Forum using @AspenSecurity and by using our hashtag, #AspenSecurity.

Will sessions be recorded for future viewing?

All of our digital sessions will be recorded and posted to this website and our YouTube channel for those who missed segments of the digital Aspen Security Forum.

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