• Naz K. Modirzadeh, Harvard Law School, William C. Banks, Syracuse University College of Law and Maj. Gen. (ret.) Charles J. Dunlap, Jr., Duke University School of Law on “How Should We Adjust the Laws of War to Address the Changing Nature of Conflict?”

  • Anne-Marie Slaughter, President and CEO, New America, Brad Allenby, ASU, David Kilcullen, ASU Future of War Fellow, New America and Peter W. Singer, Strategist and Senior Fellow, New America on “How Will the wars of the 21st Century be Fought?”

  • Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, Chief of Staff, U.S. Army interviewed by Wolf Blitzer, Anchor, CNN on “Reflections on the Future of War”.

  • Michael Lind, Ian Morris, Lawrence Freedman, Philip Bobbitt on "What Do Lessons from History Tell Us About the Future of War?"

  • Michael Crow, President, ASU, on “How Will the Digital Biology Revolution Transform Conflict?”

  • Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster, U.S. Army interviewed by Jake Tapper, CNN Anchor on “Continuities and Change in Future Armed Conflict”.

  • Arati Prabhakar, Director, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency interviewed by Barbara Starr, Pentagon Correspondent, CNN on “How Will Technology Shape the Future of War?”

  • Steven Pinker, Harvard University interviewed by Daniel Rothenberg, Center Co-Director on “Why is Violent Conflict Decreasing in the Long-term?”

  • Hon. Harold Koh, former Legal Adviser, U.S. Department of State interviewed by Heather Hurlburt of New America on “Striking a Balance: Authorizing the Future Use of Military Force”.

  • Col. (ret.) Ionnis Koskinas interviewed by Peter Bergen, Center co-director on “How Do You Defeat a Networked Enemy like ISIS? Lessons from Joint Special Operations Command.”

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September 21, 2020 to September 24, 2020 | Future Security Forum is four days of online programming to reimagine national security in the age of COVID-19. Future Security Forum is one of the signature events of the Future of War project–a New America and Arizona State University partnership.

September 21 - 24, 2020

April 29, 2019 | 8 A.M. – 5:30 P.M. EST
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Pavilion Room Washington, DC 20004

New America and Arizona State University invite you to the fifth annual Future Security Forum (formerly the Future of War Conference) on April 29, 2019 in Washington, D.C. At this conference, leaders from government, academia, journalism, the military, and the private sector will explore pressing issues in international security and defense. Panel topics include:

April 9, 2018 | 8:20 A.M. - 5:30 P.M. EST
Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center 1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Pavilion Room Washington, D.C. 20004

The Center on the Future of War held  the Future of War Conference 2018 on April 9 in Washington, D.C. The event featured leaders from government, military, journalism, academia, and the private sector who explored pressing issues in international security and defense, including: What would a war with North Korea look like?; Do future conflicts require new Geneva Conventions?; How can the U.S. make sure it wins the cyber war of 2028?; and After ISIS, what comes next in the Middle East?

March 21, 2017 | Washington, DC

The Future of War Conference 2017 was held in Washington, DC on March 21, 2017. The event links ASU and New America and has been co-sponsored by CNN. It features major thought leaders on various issues of domestic and global security including emerging technologies, current conflicts, refugees, cyberwar, international law, civilian-military relations and how to improve links between academic research and public policy.

March 10, 2016 | 8 A.M. – 6 P.M. EST
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Pavilion Room
Washington, DC 20004
The Future of War Conference brings together a collection of experts to address key issues and challenges arising from the changing nature of conflict and war. The conference is part of an initiative linking New America, a nonpartisan research public policy institute and civic enterprise, and Arizona State University, one of the nation’s largest public research universities.
February 24, 2015 to February 25, 2015 | Washington, DC
The conference served as the public launch of the Future of War project, bringing together leading experts, scholars and policy makers to discuss developments in the fields of international and national security. There were over 400 attendees and over 9,000 people watched the event via the live-stream. The conference was co-sponsored by CNN.