Homeland Security Program
Homeland Security Program
Homeland Security Program Projects
In partnership with The New York Times the annual "Aspen Security Forum" is held at our campus in Aspen. Each year the forum brings to Aspen top policymakers; leading thinkers; industry insiders, and concerned citizens together to explore aviation security; maritime security; border security; mass transit security; cyber-security and other aspects of citical infrastructure security; "soft targets" security; intelligence; counterterrorism strategy; and more. For more information, please visit the www.aspensecurityforum.org.
INVITATION-ONLY POLICY PROGRAMS
Ambassadors’ Security Roundtable
Underwritten by a grant from AGT International, the roundtable is a quarterly convening of ambassadors on a regional basis at Aspen’s Wye River campus on Maryland’s Eastern Shore for the ambassadors to discuss common and differing regional and international security concerns. Each session focuses on a different region and is moderated by a prominent journalist with area-related expertise. Additionally, this fall ASR will host a post-election meeting featuring Zbigniew Brzezisnki discussing the impact of the 2012 election on American security policy.
To view the press release announcing the Ambassadors' Security Roundtable, please click here.
The program occasionally features government officials and other newsmakers for luncheon roundtable discussions about key homeland security/counterterrorism issues. Featured guests have included Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano; National Counterterrorism Center Director Michael Leiter; and Terrorist Screening Center Director Timothy Healy.
Aspen Homeland Security Group
Modeled on the longstanding Aspen Strategy Group, a bipartisan group of foreign policy experts, the Aspen Homeland Security Group is a bipartisan group of homeland security and counterterrorism experts whom the program periodically convenes in Washington, DC and at our Aspen campus to discuss issues in depth and make recommendations to policymakers. The Aspen Homeland Security Group is co- chaired by former Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff and former Congresswoman Jane Harman.
Roundtable on How the Venture Capital Industry Can Help to Secure the Homeland
In partnership with the Officer of the Director of National Intelligence; Stanford University; and a Silicon Valley venture capital firm, Levensohn Venture Partners, the program convened Silicon Valley centure capitalists and key Washington decision makers in the homeland security and intelligence communities at Stanford in October, 2009 to discuss how the venture capital industry can play a greater role in founding and funding homeland security-related technologies. A follow-up discussion took place in October, 2010 in Cambridge, MA for Boston-area venture capitalists. The Homeland Security Program is planning additional discussions in other VC hubs around the country.
Cities' Preparedness for Terrorism Roundtables
Thanks to a generous lead grant from the Ford Foundation, supplemented by additional grants from the Rockefeller Foundation, the McCormick Foundation, and the Houston Endowment, the program convened policymakers and leading thinkers in five cities - New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, and New Orleans - to assess those cities' preparedness for terrorism. For more information, please see http://www.aspeninstitute.org/publications?program=282.
Carnegie-Aspen Brainstorming Session on the Real Role of Islam in Motivating Terrorists, July 25, 2007, Washington, DC. Thanks to a generous grant from the Carnegie Corporation’s Islam Initiative, the Aspen Institute’s Homeland Security Program convened a small group of experts on July 25, 2007 to discuss the role that Islam does and does not play in motivating terrorists. Please find the highlights of that discussion.