Future of War Conference 2017

New America and Arizona State University hosted the Future of War Conference 2017 on March 21 in Washington, D.C. The event featured leaders from government, military, journalism, academia, and the private sector exploring questions of international security and defense, including:

  • How will military innovations change the future force structure?
  • What lessons can social sciences teach us about what comes next for post-ISIS areas of Iraq and Syria?
  • How big should the U.S. military be?
  • What will U.S. relations with Russia and China look like in four years?
  • With the weaponization of social media, what is the future of war online?

This conference is one of the signature events of the Future of War project—a partnership between New America and Arizona State University—which brings together interdisciplinary experts working to develop new paradigms for understanding and addressing the changing nature of armed conflict and systematic violence.

Video one of sixteen - Welcome and Opening Remarks featuring Lieutenant General (Ret.) Benjamin C. Freakley, Professor of Practice of Leadership and Special Advisor to President Michael Crow for Leadership Initiatives, Arizona State University and Anne-Marie Slaughter, President and CEO, New America.



Video two of sixteen - Tomorrow's Army: A Conversation with General Mark A. Milley featuring General Mark A. Milley, Chief of Staff, U.S. Army and Anne-Marie Slaughter, President and CEO, New America.

Video three of sixteen - Tomorrow's Air Force: A Conversation with General David L. Goldfein featuring General David L. Goldfien, Chief of Staff, U.S. Air Force and Kevin Baron, Executive Editor, Defense One.


Video four of sixteen - What are the Lessons of Colombia's Peace Deal with the FARC for Ending Other Civil Wars featuring Juan Carlos Pinzon, Ambassador of Colombia to the United States and Annette Idler, Director of Studies at the Changing Character of War Programme, University of Oxford.

Video five of sixteen - How Do We Inject Innovation Into the Defense Department featuring Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman, Alphabet Inc. and Tom Ricks, Senior Advisor, International Security program, New America and Contributing Editor, Foreign Policy magazine.


Video six of sixteen - Social Media Jihad 2 0: Inside ISIS’ Global Recruitment and Incitement Campaign featuring Michael S. Smith II, Terrorism Analyst and former Kronos Advisory Principal and COO.

Video seven of sixteen - War Goes Viral What Does It Mean When Social Media is Weaponized featuring Brad Allenby,  Co-director of The Weaponized Narrative Initiative of New America and Arizona State University's Center on the Future of War; Yasmin Green,  Director of Research and Development, Jigsaw; Adam Sharp, Former Head of News, Government and Elections, Twitter; Peter W. Singer, Strategist and Senior Fellow, New America; and, Ahmed Younis, Principal Deputy Special Envoy & Coordinator, Global Engagement Center, US Department of State.

Video eight of sixteen - What's Next for Iraq and Syria? featuring Erica Chenoweth, Associate Dean for Research, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver; Lukman Faily, Former Ambassador of Iraq to the United States; Robert Johnson, Director of the Changing Character of War Centre, University of Oxford; Douglas Ollivant, Arizona State University Future of War Senior Fellow, New America, and Managing Partner, Mantid International LLC; Colonel (Ret.) Isaiah "Ike" Wilson III, PhD, Visiting Professor of Practice at the Elliott School of International Affairs, GWU and Fellow, New America; and Reed Wood, Associate Professor in the School of Politics and Global Studies, Arizona State University.

Video nine of sixteen - Peaceland Conflict Resolution and the Everyday Politics of International Intervention featuring Severine Autesserre, Associate Professor of Political Science, Barnard College, Columbia University.

Video ten of sixteen - Can We Stop War Before it Starts? featuring Sharon Burke, Senior Advisor and Director, Resource Security Program, New America; Mina Chang, CEO, Linking the World; Jake Harriman, Founder and CEO, Nuru International; and Rebecca J. Wolfe, Director of Peace and Conflict, Mercy Corps.

Video eleven of sixteen - The Future of Afghanistan: A Conversation with H.E. Dr. Hamdullah Mohib featuring Hamdullah Mohib, Ambassador of Afghanistan to the United States and Ioannis "Gianni" Koskinas, Senior Fellow, New America International Security program and CEO, the Hoplite Group.

Video twelve of sixteen - Moral Injury: What Are The Future Costs of Today's Wars? featuring Andrea Ellner, Lecturer in Defence Studies, King's College London; Tom Frame, Director, Australian Centre for the Study of Armed Conflict and Society; Theodore Johnson, Eric and Wendy Schmidt Fellow, New America; Daniel Rothenberg, Co-Director, Center on the Future of War and Professor of Practice, School of Politics and Global Studies, Arizona State University; and, David Wood, New America and Arizona State University Future of War Fellow, Huffington Post Staff Correspondent and Author, What Have We Done: The Moral Injury of Our Longest Wars.

March 21, 2017
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Ronald Reagan Building, Washington, DC
Presented by:
Center on the Future of War