Aspen Security Forum Cancels 2020 Summer Event

April 3, 2020

Organizers exploring alternative programming to address critical questions about national security and foreign policy

Contact: Jon Purves
Senior Media Relations Manager
The Aspen Institute

Washington, DC, April 3, 2020 – The Aspen Strategy Group announced today that the Aspen Security Forum will not go forward as planned this summer due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19. The annual event, which is among the world’s premier conferences on national security and foreign policy challenges, had been scheduled to take place August 3-6 in Aspen, CO with NBC News and MSNBC as media partner.

This difficult decision was made out of consideration for the health and safety of attendees, speakers, and staff. In line with other recent event cancellations, the Aspen Institute does not want to ask participants to plan on visiting Aspen before it is considered safe to travel.

Forum organizers are now considering new ways to host and share ongoing creative programming featuring government officials, industry leaders, journalists, and other key stakeholders. This may take the form of digital programming, with the possibility for smaller scale physical events later in 2020 should circumstances allow. Those interested in learning more should contact John Hogan:

Organizers would like to thank the Forum’s partners, participants, staff, and sponsors for their ongoing support. The Aspen Security Forum will share new details about plans for 2020 in the coming months and looks forward to returning to regular programming in 2021. Please check the Forum website for updates at:

The Aspen Strategy Group’s mission is to provide a resolutely nonpartisan forum to address the preeminent foreign policy and national security challenges facing the United States. We bring together key decision makers – irrespective of ideology or political party – to engage in constructive public and private dialogues to address existing and evolving U.S. foreign policy priorities and global challenges.

The Aspen Institute is a global nonprofit organization committed to realizing a free, just, and equitable society. Founded in 1949, the Institute drives change through dialogue, leadership, and action to help solve the most important challenges facing the United States and the world. Headquartered in Washington, DC, the Institute has a campus in Aspen, Colorado, and an international network of partners. For more information, visit


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