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The Special Operations Policy Forum is a joint effort of the Global SOF Foundation, New America, the University of Texas, and Arizona State University. This half-day seminar was focused on US Special Operations Forces (SOF) posture and policies, including security trends, impacts of modern warfare, and changing defense budgets.
The second annual Cybersecurity for a New America conference focuses on an assessment of key issues in the field today and ideas as to how it will develop in the future. The conference includes traditional panel discussions, interview-style keynotes from government officials and representatives of the private sector as well as 'pop-up' presentations.
The conference launched New America’s cybersecurity initiative by connecting a diverse group of experts from academia, industry, government and civil society. The goal of the event was to stimulate innovative conversations, highlight new voices in the field, and suggest areas for future research and policy.
The two-day conference and workshop linked scholars from multiple disciplines, practitioners and government officials to explore a variety of issues related to documenting and analyzing human rights violations. The event addressed the lack of methodological coherence among those gathering human rights data in the field and the possibilities for increased coordination.
The conference presented a day-long reflection on the policy challenges of the crisis in Syria in which over 190,000 people have been killed and nearly half of the nation’s 22 million people have fled their homes as refugees or internally displaced persons. The conference included panels on human rights violations and efforts to ensure accountability, media representations of the crisis, efforts to address mass displacement and humanitarian issues, and potential policy options.