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

 

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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

Speaker: Vivian Balakrishnan, Foreign Minister 

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

9:15 - 10:00 AM ET

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

Speaker: Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Prime Minister of Greece

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

11:15 - 11:45 AM ET

Speaker: Wes Moore, CEO, Robin Hood Foundation

Moderator: Dina Powell McCormick, former Deputy National Security Advisor

12:00 - 12:30 PM ET

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

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

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

Moderator: David McCormick, CEO, Bridgewater Associates

2:45 - 3:15 PM ET

Speaker: David Rohde, Executive Editor, Newyorker.com

Moderator: Dina Temple-Raston, Investigations Correspondent, NPR

3:30 - 4:15 PM ET

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

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

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

Speaker: Audrey Tang, Digital Minister, Taiwan

Moderator: Anja Manuel, Director, the Aspen Strategy Group

Thursday, August 6

8:00 - 8:30 AM ET

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Moderator: Courtney Kube, Pentagon Correspondent, NBC News 

5:00 - 6:00 PM ET

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

 
 
 
 

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

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

 
 
 

Wednesday August 5, 2020

Speaker: Vivian Balakrishnan, Foreign Minister of Singapore

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

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

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

Speaker: Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Prime Minister of Greece

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

Speaker: Wes Moore, CEO, Robin Hood Foundation

Moderator: Dina Powell McCormick, former Deputy National Security Advisor

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

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

Moderator: David McCormick, CEO, Bridgewater Associates

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

Speaker: David Rohde, Executive Editor, Newyorker.com

Moderator: Dina Temple-Raston, Investigations Correspondent, NPR

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

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

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

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

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

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

Speaker: Audrey Tang, Digital Minister, Taiwan

Moderator: Anja Manuel, Director, the Aspen Strategy Group

 
 
 
 
 

Thursday, August 6, 2020

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

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

Moderator: Anja Manuel, Director, the Aspen Strategy Group

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

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

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

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

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

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

Moderator: Lester Holt, Host, NBC Nightly News

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

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

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

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

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

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

Speaker: David Leonhardt, Writer, The New York Times

Speaker: Laurie Garrett, Author, The Coming Plague

Moderator: Susan Glasser, Staff Writer, The New Yorker

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

Moderator: Courtney Kube, Pentagon Correspondent, NBC News

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

Speaker: Eric Chewning, Partner, McKinsey & Company

Speaker: Mike Brown, Director, Defense Innovation Unit

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

Moderator: Anja Manuel, Director, the Aspen Strategy Group

 

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.

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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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