NBCUniversal News Group Returns as Exclusive Media Partner to 2021 Aspen Security Forum

August 2, 2021

Journalists from NBC News and MSNBC — including Al Roker, Andrea Mitchell, Richard Engel, and Hallie Jackson — to moderate key sessions and cover news-making moments from the Forum.


Contact: Jon Purves
Senior Media Relations Manager
The Aspen Institute

Washington, DC, August 2, 2021 — NBCUniversal News Group will return as the exclusive media partner of the 2021 Aspen Security Forum for the fifth consecutive year. Hosted by the Aspen Strategy Group, the 2021 Forum will take place as a free-to-access digital event on Tuesday, August 3 and Wednesday, August 4. Leading journalists, anchors, and reporters from NBC News and MSNBC will drive discussion throughout the live event.

Conversations moderated by NBC News and MSNBC journalists include:

  • August 3, 12:15pm ET – Hallie Jackson, NBC News Senior Washington Correspondent and host of Hallie Jackson Reports on MSNBC, in conversation with Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Ambassador of the United States to the United Nations
  • August 3, 1:15pm ET – Richard Engel, NBC News Chief Foreign Correspondent and host of On Assignment with Richard Engel on MSNBC, in conversation with Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah bin Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud, Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia
  • August 4, 9:00am ET – Andrea Mitchell, NBC News Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent, Chief Washington Correspondent and host of Andrea Mitchell Reports on MSNBC, in conversation with Representative Liz Cheney, U.S. Representative for Wyoming’s At-Large Congressional District
  • August 4, 3:15pm ET – Al Roker, Weather and Feature anchor for TODAY and co-host of 3rd Hour of TODAY, in conversation with Alok Sharma, President, COP26

In addition to viewers having the option to register to watch Day 1 and Day 2 of the Forum online, NBCUniversal News Group will share key sessions on air on MSNBC and stream across the network’s various digital and streaming platforms including NBCNews.com, MSNBC.com, NBC News NOW and NBC News’ YouTube Channel.

NBC News and MSNBC contributors David Ignatius and Peter Baker will also participate as a moderators during the Forum.

The agenda for the Forum, 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 4:30pm 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. Join the conversation on social media with #AspenSecurity and follow the Forum on Twitter: @AspenSecurity.

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.

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 www.aspeninstitute.org.

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