ASF 2020

2020 Aspen Security Forum

August 4 - 6, 2020 | Virtual

The State of America and the World: A Conversation with Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice

Speaker: Condoleezza Rice, former U.S. Secretary of State

Moderator: Peter Baker, Chief White House Correspondent, The New York Times

The Kill Chain: Using Technology to Win Tomorrow’s War

Speaker: Chris Brose, Chief Strategy Officer, Anduril Technologies

Moderator: David Ignatius, Columnist and Associate Editor, The Washington Post

The Room Where It Happened: A Conversation with John Bolton

Speaker: John Bolton, former Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs

Moderator: Carol Lee, National Political Reporter, NBC News

Technology and Democracy: Protecting the Digital Landscape and Our Elections

Speaker: Laura Rosenberger, Director, Alliance for Securing Democracy, German Marshall Fund of the United States

Speaker: Renee DiResta, Research Manager, Stanford Internet Observatory

Moderator: Cecilia Kang, Technology Reporter, The New York Times

The View from Beijing: A Conversation with Ambassador Cui Tiankai

Speaker: Cui Tiankai, Ambassador of China to the United States

Moderator: Andrea Mitchell, Chief Foreign Correspondent, NBC News

The View from Singapore: A Conversation with Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan

Speaker: Vivian Balakrishnan, Foreign Minister of Singapore

Moderator: Gideon Rachman, Chief Foreign Affairs Columnist, The Financial Times

The View from Athens: A Conversation with Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis

Speaker: Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Prime Minister of Greece

Moderator: Nicholas Burns, Harvard Professor and Executive Director, the Aspen Strategy Group

Maximum Pressure: America’s Strategy to Counter Iran

Speaker: Brian Hook, U.S. Special Representative for Iran

Moderator: Nick Schifrin, Foreign Affairs and Defense Correspondent, PBS NewsHour

The View from the Pentagon: A Conversation with Secretary of Defense Mark Esper

Speaker: Mark Esper, U.S. Secretary of Defense

Moderator: David McCormick, CEO, Bridgewater Associates

Foreign Policy Choices: Recommendations from Past National Security Advisors

Speaker: Tom Donilon, former Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs

Speaker: Stephen Hadley, former Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs

Moderator: Jim Sciutto, Chief National Security Correspondent, CNN

A Conversation on U.S.-China Relations

Speaker: Elizabeth Economy, C.V. Starr Senior Fellow and Director for Asia Studies, Council on Foreign Relations

Speaker: Minxin Pei, Tom and Margot Pritzker ’72 Professor of Government and George R. Roberts Fellow, Claremont McKenna College

Speaker: Mike Pillsbury, Director, Center on Chinese Strategy, the Hudson Institute

Moderator: Joseph Nye, Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus, Harvard University

Cyberspace: A New Frontier

Speaker: Shivshankar Menon, former National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister of India

Speaker: Tanvi Madan, Director, the India Project, and Senior Fellow, Brookings 

Moderator: Anja Manuel, Director, the Aspen Strategy Group

The View from the Hill: Protecting Liberal Values with Digital Tools

Speaker: Mark Warner, Ranking Member, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence

Moderator: David Sanger, National Security Correspondent and Senior Writer, The New York Times

On the Front Lines: Race, the Pandemic, and Recession

Speaker: Keisha Lance Bottoms, Mayor of Atlanta

Speaker: Francis Suarez, Mayor of Miami

Speaker: Mitch Landrieu, former Mayor of New Orleans

Moderator: Kristen Welker, White House Correspondent, NBC News

America’s Endangered Alliances

Speaker: Mira Rapp-Hooper, Stephen A. Schwartzman Senior Fellow for Asia Studies, the Council on Foreign Relations

Moderator: Nicholas Burns, Harvard Professor and Executive Director, the Aspen Strategy Group

Speaker: Julianne Smith, former Deputy National Security Advisor to Vice President Joe Biden

The View from the U.N. on its 75th Anniversary: Reflections on Purpose, Direction, and Dangers

Speaker: Kelly Craft, Ambassador of the U.S. to the U.N.

Moderator: Eli Lake, Columnist, Bloomberg News

Reason for Hope: A Conversation with Nick Kristof

Speaker: Nicholas Kristof, Op-Ed Columnist, The New York Times

Moderator: Nicholas Burns, Harvard Professor and Executive Director, the Aspen Strategy Group

The View from Australia: A Conversation with Prime Minister Scott Morrison

Speaker: Scott Morrison, Prime Minister of Australia

Moderator: Margaret Brennan, Host, Face the Nation, CBS

Do Morals Matter: A Conversation with Joseph Nye

Speaker: Joseph Nye, Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus, Harvard University

Moderator: Gideon Rachman, Chief Foreign Affairs Columnist, The Financial Times

America at Home: Poverty and Inequality as National Security Issues

Speaker: Wes Moore, CEO, Robin Hood Foundation

Moderator: Dina Powell McCormick, Former Deputy Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs

Iran, North Korea, and Beyond

Speaker: Wendy Sherman, Harvard Professor and former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs

Moderator: David Sanger, National Security Correspondent and Senior Writer, The New York Times

Fact or Fiction: Is the “Deep State” Real?

Speaker: David Rohde, Executive Editor, Newyorker.com

Moderator: Dina Temple Raston, Investigations Correspondent, NPR

Foreign Policy Choices for 2021 and Beyond

Speaker: Antony Blinken, former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State

Moderator: Gerald Seib, Executive Editor, The Wall Street Journal

The View from Taipei: Battling Disinformation and Hacking a Pandemic

Speaker: Audrey Tang, Digital Minister, the Republic of China

Moderator: Anja Manuel, Director, the Aspen Strategy Group

COVID-19 and the Health of the Global Economic System

Speaker: Lawrence H. Summers, President Emeritus, Harvard University

Moderator: Gillian Tett, Chair of the Editorial Board and U.S. Editor-at-Large, The Financial Times

Science, Solutions, and Solidarity: A Conversation with WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros, Dr. Mike Ryan, and Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove

Speaker: Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization

Speaker: Mike Ryan, Executive Director, Health Emergencies Programme, World Health Organization

Speaker: Maria van Kerkhove, COVID-19 Technical Lead, World Health Organization

Moderator: Lester Holt, Host, NBC Nightly News

Reflecting on the 75th Anniversary of Hiroshima

Speaker: Jerry Brown, Executive Chairman, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

Moderator: Rachel Bronson, CEO & President, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

Brave New World: How COVID-19 Will Reshape the Globe

Speaker: Laurie Garrett, Author, The Coming Plague

Speaker: David Leonhardt, Writer, The New York Times 

Moderator: Susan Glasser, Staff Writer, The New Yorker 

A New Defense Paradigm: Modernizing the U.S. Department of Defense

Speaker: Michele Flournoy, former U.S. Under Secretary of Defense for Policy

Moderator: Courtney Kube, Pentagon Correspondent, NBC News

On the Front Lines of Defense Innovation in the Digital World

Speaker: Mike Brown, Director, DIU

Speaker: Kath Hicks, Senior Vice President, CSIS

Speaker: Eric Chewning, Partner, McKinsey & Company

Speaker: Ryan Tseng, CEO and Co-Founder, Shield AI

Moderator: Anja Manuel, Director, the Aspen Strategy Group