The Next Quantum Superpower? US-China Quantum Competition and the New Global Quantum Scramble Quantum Computing

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Speaker: Brandon Williams (LLNL) Date: 30 July 2024 Speaker Session Summary Forthcoming! Speaker Series Recording Also forthcoming! Briefing Materials Biography: Dr. Brandon Kirk Williams is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Global Security Research at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory where he researches the intersection of technology and national security policy. His writings on quantum […]

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How Climate Change Impacts Security and Conflict Worldwide

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Speakers: Dr. Tim Clack (University of Oxford), Lieutenant General (Ret) Richard Nugee (British Army), Ella Fleming (UK Defence Science Technology Laboratory) Date: 25 July 2024 Speaker Session Summary Forthcoming! Speaker Session Recording Also forthcoming! Briefing Materials Biographies: Dr. Tim Clack is the Chingiz Gutseriev Associate Professor at the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography, University […]

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Climate, Peace, and Security in Latin America and the Caribbean – A Perspective from UNDP

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Speaker: Adam Forbes (United Nations Development Programme) Date: 18 July 2024 Speaker Session Summary Since 2008, the discourse on the relationship between climate change effects, conflict, and security has significantly evolved. Mr. Forbes elaborated on how this nexus impacts Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), one of the most vulnerable regions to climate change by […]

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Shades of Grim: Scenarios for Ukraine and Global Order

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Speakers: Prof. Luis Simón & Ms. Lotje Boswinkel (Centre for Security, Diplomacy and Strategy at the Brussels School of Governance, Vrije Universiteit Brussel) Date: 16 July 2024 Speaker Session Summary The ongoing war in Ukraine remains unresolved, and its outcome is widely debated among politicians, researchers, and military practitioners. In their recent CSDS paper “Shades […]

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The Promise & Perils of AI: What We’ve Learned from Some of the Largest Real World Deployments of Generative & Classical AI to Understand Global News

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Speaker: Dr. Kalev Hannes Leetaru (GDELT Project) Date: 11 July 2024 Speaker Session Summary SMA hosted a speaker session with Dr. Kalev Hannes Leetaru (GDELT Project) as part of its SMA General Speaker Series.  One of the GDELT Project’s goals is to use artificial intelligence (AI) to better understand our world. To accomplish this monumental task, […]

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Access Denied?: Assessing Options for Projecting Airpower into a Contested East Asia

June 2024 No Comments

Speakers: Dr. Nicholas Anderson (George Washington University) and Dr. Daryl Press (Dartmouth College) Date: 25 June 2024 Speaker Session Summary China is striving to limit US military power projection in its home region of East Asia by enhancing its own ability to project air and missile power. To ensure that China cannot restrict US power […]

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Rebuilding Ukraine with Mr. Pavlo Kukhta

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Speakers: Pavlo Kukhta (Center for Economic Solutions) and Guest Host Jack Gaines (One CA Podcast) Date: 20 June 2024 Speaker Session Summary The ongoing Russian invasion has dramatically affected Ukraine’s industry and economy, forcing Ukraine to reimagine and rebuild its industrial base and market structure. Mr. Kukhta discussed how Ukraine can rebuild its economy through foreign […]

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Foreign Assistance in an Era of Strategic Competition

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Speaker: Dan Cederberg (U.S. Department of State) Date: 23 May 2024 Speaker Session Summary Forthcoming! Speaker Session Recording Also forthcoming! Briefing Materials Biography: Daniel Cederberg is the Director of the Regional China Officer (RCO) Program at the U.S. Department of State.  In this role, he advises Washington D.C., regional embassies, and U.S. partners on how […]

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Some of the Analysis Behind RAND’s “Inflection Point” Report

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Speaker: David Ochmanek (RAND) Date: 22 May 2024 Speaker Session Summary Modern threats from developed nations like China are beginning to exceed US capabilities, partly because the US military was predominantly focused on regional adversaries such as Iraq during Desert Storm. Mr. Ochmanek categorized the US approach to military power projection during this period as […]

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Deterrence Among Three to Twelve Nuclear Powers: Fundamental Instability and Mitigation Strategy

May 2024 No Comments

Author: Dr. Claudio Cioffi-Revilla (George Mason University) Publication Preview The fundamental instability of bilateral nuclear deterrence (Albert Wohlstetter’s “delicate balanceof terror”) is mitigated, in part, by each adversary deploying and maintaining weapons systems thatare capable of guaranteeing a second-strike after an adversary has launched a first-strike. Additionally,bilateral arms control measures (norms, treaties, protocols, institutions) provide […]

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