2023 Aspen Security Forum: DC Edition Releases Agenda & Speaker List

December 1, 2023

The third annual ASF: DC takes place on Thursday, December 7 and will address critical national security & foreign policy challenges in the U.S. capital.

Contact: Jon Purves
Director, Media Relations
The Aspen Institute

Washington, DC, December 1, 2023
The Aspen Strategy Group today shared the agenda and speakers participating in the 2023 Aspen Security Forum: DC Edition (ASF: DC), a day-long conference taking place on Thursday, December 7 at The InterContinental – The Wharf. The event features current and former U.S. government and military officials, policymakers, senior foreign officials, academics, and prominent journalists. Panel discussions and one-on-one interviews will address the most critical national security and foreign policy issues facing the U.S. and the global community.

The agenda is available to view here, with programming taking place from 9:00am – 5:00pm ET. The forum will address today’s most consequential foreign policy and national security challenges, including the ongoing war in Ukraine, the U.S.-China relationship, the latest developments in technology and AI, climate change, conflict and rising tensions in the Middle East, and military preparedness for the challenges of today and tomorrow.

“During this critical time in global affairs, Aspen Security Forum: DC Edition will examine today’s most pressing national security and foreign policy issues; a key throughline for which will be how we can innovate and prepare to address tomorrow’s challenges today,” said Anja Manuel, Executive Director of the Aspen Strategy Group and Aspen Security Forum.

Among the confirmed speakers:

  • Doug Beck, Director, Defense Innovation Unit; Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Defense, U.S. Department of Defense
  • Anthony Cotton, Commander, U.S. Strategic Command
  • Paula Dobriansky, Senior Fellow, Harvard University Belfer Center; Vice Chair, Scowcroft Center for Strategy & Security, Atlantic Council
  • Elizabeth Economy, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University
  • Linda L. Fagan, Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard
  • Bryan P. Fenton, Commander, U.S. Special Operations Command
  • Michèle Flournoy, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, WestExec Advisors; Former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, U.S. Department of Defense
  • Keoki Jackson, Senior Vice President, National Security, MITRE
  • Mara E. Karlin, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy, Plans, and Capabilities, U.S. Department of Defense
  • Anja Manuel, Executive Director, Aspen Strategy Group and Aspen Security Forum
  • Aaron David Miller, Senior Fellow, American Statecraft Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
  • Anne Neuberger, Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Cyber and Emerging Technologies
  • Jim Risch, U.S. Senator for Idaho, U.S. Senate
  • Elizabeth Rosenberg, Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes, U.S. Department of the Treasury
  • Bilal Saab, Senior Fellow and Director of the Defense and Security Program, Middle East Institute 
  • Constanze Stelzenmüller, Director, Center on the United States and Europe, Brookings Institution
  • Katherine Tai, U.S. Trade Representative, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
  • Rob Wittman, U.S. Representative for Virginia’s 1st District, U.S. House of Representatives

Additional speakers and programming will be announced in the coming days.

Speakers will be interviewed by some of the nation’s top foreign policy and national security reporters, including: Susan Glasser, Staff Writer, The New Yorker; Ryan Heath, Global Technology Correspondent, Axios; Mary Louise Kelly, Host, All Things Considered, NPR; Courtney Kube, NBC News Correspondent, NBC News; David Sanger, White House and National Security Correspondent, The New York Times; Peter Spiegel, U.S. Managing Editor, Financial Times; and David Westin, Anchor, Bloomberg.

An internationally renowned conference, the Aspen Security Forum has provided a non-partisan public venue for global leaders to discuss the key national security and foreign policy issues of the day for the past fourteen years. Now in its third year, ASF: DC complements the summer forum, which takes place in Aspen, CO.

Passes to attend ASF: DC are available here. Mainstage programming will be accessible via livestream on the Security Forum homepage or by registering here in advance to have the daily link sent directly. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter, The Weekly Leaf, for updates and summaries from the Forum and follow the conversation on X and LinkedIn.

For Media: Members of the press are invited to apply for credentials here. Please direct any inquiries to Jon Purves: Jon.Purves@aspeninstitute.org.

The Forum is generously supported by Google, Mastercard, McKinsey & Company, Microsoft, MITRE, The Rockefeller Corporation, and Walton Family Foundation, with additional support from American Airlines, Intel, PayPal, and USA Rare Earth.


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