United States and world leaders address critical questions about national security and foreign policy
Contact: Jon Purves
Senior Media Relations Manager
The Aspen Institute
Washington, DC, July 29, 2021 –– The Aspen Strategy Group today confirmed the agenda and speaker lineup for the 2021 Aspen Security Forum, which will take place as a free-to-access digital event on Tuesday, August 3 and Wednesday, August 4. The annual event will feature foreign heads of government, cabinet ministers, current and former U.S. government officials, business leaders, key academics, and prominent journalists.
Confirmed speakers in order of appearance include:
Tuesday, August 3rd
Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister of Singapore
S. Jaishankar, Minister of External Affairs of India
Michèle Flournoy, former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy
Julie Bishop, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Australia
C. Raja Mohan, Director, Institute of South Asian Studies, National University of Singapore
Tomiko Ichikawa, Director General, the Japan Institute of International Affairs
Zalmay Khalilzad, Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation
David Petraeus, former Director, Central Intelligence Agency
Roya Rahmani, Ambassador of Afghanistan to the U.S.
P. Michael McKinley, former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan
Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Ambassador of the U.S. to the U.N.
Gary Gensler, Chairman, Securities and Exchange Commission
Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah bin Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Liz Cheney, U.S. Representative for Wyoming’s At-Large Congressional District
Myron Brilliant, Executive Vice President and Head of International Affairs, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Mike Froman, former U.S. Trade Representative
Robert Zoellick, former President, World Bank
Susan Schwab, former U.S. Trade Representative
Song Young-gil, President of the Democratic Party of Korea
Wednesday, August 4th
Jin Liqun, President, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank
Stuart Levey, CEO, Diem Association
Brad Garlinghouse, CEO, Ripple
Sigal Mandelker, former Under Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence
Anne Neuberger, Deputy National Security Advisor for Cyber and Emerging Technology
Ron Green, Executive Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer, Mastercard
Robert Hannigan, former Director, GCHQ
Martin Rees, Royal Astronomer, the United Kingdom
Ankit Panda, Stanton Senior Fellow, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland
Paschal Donohoe, President, the Eurogroup, and Minister of Finance of Ireland
Joseph Nye, Co-Chair, the Aspen Strategy Group
Wolfgang Ischinger, Chairman, the Munich Security Conference
John Aquilino, Commander, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command
Stephen Biegun, former Deputy Secretary of State
Matt Pottinger, former Deputy National Security Advisor
Susan Shirk, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State (East Asian Bureau)
Elizabeth Economy, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Alok Sharma, President, COP26
Dan Sullivan, U.S. Senator from Alaska
Lisa Murkowski, U.S. Senator from Alaska
And many other distinguished speakers.
“We are very pleased to welcome an impressive group of international and American leaders to the 12th annual Aspen Security Forum. They will join the global debate on the most challenging issues of our time,” said Nicholas Burns, Executive Director of the Aspen Strategy Group.
“Protecting our cyber networks, addressing China’s rising global influence, and looking at the space race of the 21st century are just a few of the compelling topics we will be covering over two days of conversation with our speakers and the world’s top journalists,” said Anja Manuel, Director of the Aspen Strategy Group.
The agenda, which is subject to change, is available here. Topics to be addressed include China’s rising influence, global economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, America’s future relationship with Afghanistan, the Biden administration’s global diplomatic strategy and its trade agenda, cybersecurity and emerging technologies, the promise and peril of cryptocurrencies, UFOs and the private-sector space race, and more.
All programming will broadcast live on Zoom, with conversations running throughout both days from 8:00am ET up to 4:00pm ET. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask speakers questions during the live broadcast, and all conversations will be available to watch afterwards on the Aspen Institute’s YouTube page and the Aspen Security Forum website. Join the conversation on social media with #AspenSecurity and follow the Forum on Twitter @AspenSecurity.
The Aspen Security Forum will also hold an in-person convening in Washington, DC, from November 2-4, 2021 with further details to be announced later in the year, alongside other virtual events throughout the rest of the year.
Editor’s Note: Media interested in covering the Aspen Security Forum are encouraged to register in advance for the freely accessible Forum here for day 1 and here for day 2. If you have questions or would like to broadcast footage from the Forum, please contact Jon Purves: Jon.Purves@aspeninstitute.org.
The Aspen Strategy Group’s mission is to convene decision makers in resolutely non-partisan public and private forums to address key foreign policy challenges facing the United States. The ASG organizes its annual Summer Workshop in Aspen along with Track II dialogues with Brazil, China, Europe, and India. It also presents the annual Aspen Security Forum, a three-and-a-half-day public conference that engages current and former senior U.S. administration officials, conservatives and liberals, to take part in discussions on the most vital national security challenges of our time. For more information, visit http://www.aspeninstitute.org/asg.
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