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The New Global Security: Assessing the Threats of the 21st Century


The global security landscape is unthinkably different than what it was even 50 years ago. Non-state actors, the creation of new states, and access to technology has made the world a more dangerous place, and have caused vibrant debates in national security establishments around the world.

This series will bring together academics, policy makers, journalists, and field experts to assess the critical threats of the 21st century. In open sessions, participants will assess the given field and make recommendations as to how state and non-state actors can continue to keep civilians safe.

Seating for these discussions will be extremely limited. RSVP early!

Natural Resource Security
November 12, 2013

Access and availability of natural resources is intricately tied to these security concerns of policymakers and states. Mexico, Afghanistan and Somalia are only three of the countries in which limited access to potable water, oil and minerals is resulting in instability and civil strife.

Upcoming sessions will focus on cybersecurity, unconventional warfare, and nuclear security. Check this page for updates and more details.


Hagai Segal

Hagai M Segal is an award-winning UK-based academic, consultant/analyst and commentator, specialising in the Middle East and related affairs, geo-strategic issues, terrorism and the modern Far-Right.

He advises, consults and lectures to numerous private bodies, companies, business groups, and politicians/parliamentary groups, and is a Lecturer in modern Near and Middle-Eastern Politics at New York University in London.

A regular guest on numerous national and international TV channels (including CNN, BBC News 24, BBC World, Sky News and CNBC Europe), and numerous national and international radio stations (including the BBC World Service, LBC, and BBC Radio 5 Live), he also writes for a number of newspapers and publications around the world.


Washington, DC

Dr. Stewart Patrick

Dr. Stewart Patrick is the senior fellow and director of the program on International Institutions and Global Governance (IIGG) at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). His areas of expertise include multilateral cooperation in the management of global issues; U.S. policy toward international institutions, including the United Nations; and the challenges posed by fragile, failing, and post-conflict states. Dr. Patrick is the author of the new book Weak Links: Fragile States, Global Threats, and International Security (Oxford University Press, May 2011), and he writes the blog, The Internationalist.

From 2005 to April 2008, he was research fellow at the Center for Global Development. He directed the center's research and policy engagement on the intersection between security and development, with a particular focus on the relationship between weak states and transnational threats and on the policy challenges of building effective institutions of governance in fragile settings. He also served as a professorial lecturer in international relations/conflict management at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies.

From September 2002 to January 2005, Dr. Patrick served on the secretary of state's policy planning staff, with lead staff responsibility for U.S. policy toward Afghanistan and a range of global and transnational issues. His portfolio included conducting analysis and providing recommendations for U.S. policies on weak and failing states, post-conflict reconstruction, development, refugees and migration, international law enforcement, and global health affairs. He joined the staff as an international affairs fellow at CFR.

Prior to government service, Dr. Patrick was from 1997 to 2002 a research associate at the Center on International Cooperation at New York University. In that capacity he designed and ran two multi-scholar research programs on post-conflict reconstruction and on multilateralism and U.S. foreign policy. He also taught U.S. foreign policy at NYU as an adjunct professor of political science.

Dr. Patrick graduated from Stanford University and received his doctorate in international relations, as well as two master's degrees, from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He is the author, coauthor, or editor of five books. He has also authored numerous articles and chapters on the subjects of multilateral cooperation, state-building, and U.S. foreign policy.

Dr. Patrick lives in Bethesda, Maryland. He has three children.

Elizabeth Rosenberg

Elizabeth Rosenberg is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Energy, Environment and Security Program at the Center for a New American Security.

From May 2009 through September 2013, Ms. Rosenberg served as a Senior Advisor at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, to the Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes, and then to the Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence. In these senior roles she helped to develop and implement financial and energy sanctions. Key initiatives she helped to oversee include the tightening of global sanctions on Iran, the launching of new, comprehensive sanctions against Libya and Syria and modification of Burma sanctions in step with normalization of diplomatic relations. She also helped to formulate anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing policy and oversee financial regulatory enforcement activities.

From 2005 to 2009 Ms. Rosenberg was an energy policy correspondent at Argus Media in Washington D.C., analyzing U.S and Middle Eastern energy policy, regulation and trading. She spoke and published extensively on OPEC, strategic reserves, energy sanctions and national security policy, oil and natural gas investment and production, and renewable fuels.

Ms. Rosenberg studied energy subsidy reform and Arabic during a 2004-2005 fellowship in Cairo, Egypt. She was an editor of the Arab Studies Journal from 2002-2005 and researched and wrote on Middle Eastern politics at the Council on Foreign Relations in 2003. She received an MA in Near Eastern Studies from New York University in 2004 and a BA in Politics and Religion from Oberlin College in 2000.

London, England

Jaakko Kooroshy

Jaakko Kooroshy is a Research Fellow at the Energy Environment and Resources Department at Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs in London, where he specializes in the political economy of natural resources, with a particular interest in mining and metals. Jaakko has advised several European governments, the EU, the US National Intelligence Council (NIC) and a number of leading companies on these matters. Previously, Jaakko was a policy analyst at The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies and a consultant researcher at the School of Business and Economics at the University Maastricht. He is fluent in six languages and holds an MSc in International Relations, a BSc in International Economics and a BA in Social Sciences and History.

Don Randall

Don Randall is one of the UK’s foremost authorities in security. He served with the City of London Police from 1969-1995, with emphasis on fraud and counter terrorism, he spent four years as Deputy Head of the Fraud Squad and three years in Operational Support Department. Don was Managing Director at JPMorgan Chase from 1995 and in August 2008 became Head of Security at the Bank of England.

In 2007 he was awarded an MBE for services to law enforcement. Don has a longstanding interest in improving the lives of young people, including an active role in several children and young person’s charities.

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