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for America & the world march 27 - 28, 2012 washington, d.c.

FACING NEW REALITIES: ASSURING SECURITY IN THE 21ST CENTURY The ideas, institutions and strategies of the 20th century are ill-suited to confront 21st century challenges. The growing world population creates transnational threats to human security, including an unprecedented level of competition for resources and environmental degradation. Meanwhile, the risk of military confrontation, the threat posed by nonstate actors, and the proliferation of nontraditional weapons have not subsided. With limited security resources, the United States and other countries must weigh competing priorities and find new ways to ensure comprehensive human security. The Affordable World Security Conference will convene top thinkers and a distinguished guest list to identify challenges and develop solutions. Initiated by the W.P. Carey Foundation with the collaboration of the EastWest Institute, the conference will be held on March 27-28 at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. – directly between the White House and the U.S. Capitol. In an important election season, the Affordable World Security Conference will put the full range of human security priorities and critical choices on the agenda and offer new ways forward.

CONFERENCE TOPICS Natural resources, interdependence and the struggle for everyday stability in life are important to every citizen of every country.


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From climate change to food and water supply to natural disasters, the natural environment is critical to human security.


Dr. Joseph Stiglitz Nobel Laureate, Economics

Jim Cha CEO

Dr. Sylvia Earle Former Chief Scientist, U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Mart Form Gene Club

Wolfgang Lutz Founding Director, Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital

Lest Foun Pres Polic


Seven billion people with growing needs and dream healthcare, education, and freedom from dominatio

Clifton airman and CEO, Gallup


Chas Freeman Former Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs

Dr. Linda Bilmes Professor, Harvard Kennedy School

Dr. Bates Gill Director, SIPRI

Andrew Bacevich Director of International Studies, Boston University

tin Lees mer Secretary eral, b of Rome

Dana Priest Pulitzer Prizewinning journalist, Washington Post

Khalid Malik Special Advisor to UNDP Africa

Sir David King Director, Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, Oxford University

Fred Guterl Executive Editor, Scientific American

Dr. William R. Polk Senior Director, William P. Carey Foundation

ter Brown nder and sident, Earth cy Institute

John Edwin Mroz President and CEO. EastWest Institute

Michael Hayden Former Director, CIA and NSA

Pierre Sprey Former Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Systems Analysis

Carl Horst Hahn Chairman Emeritus, Volkswagen Group

Marc Perrin de Brichambaut Former Secretary General, OSCE

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Michael T. Klare Hampshire College

National defense is an important policy area to understand costs, trade-offs and priorities in security.

Communication, transportation, and energy have tied the world together, and more innovation will help build a better future.


MARCH 28 How Do We Reform the Domestic Policy Framework: Working Towards a Coherent Response



Affordable Security: Challenge and Opportunity The world today faces unprecedented challenges from a growing population, increased resource scarcity and economic instability; it also faces military competition, nuclear proliferation and rising concerns about cybersecurity. All of these are transnational problems that demand transnational solutions. By examining our priorities and taking stock of our resources, we can build a new, affordable approach to security. The Security We Are Getting: The Balance Between Traditional Defense and New Challenges At a time of increasingly tight budgets, spending on traditional security concerns is increasingly in competition with broader domestic spending needs. Two critical questions now arise: First, what strategies and measures will assure world security in the 21st century? Second, how can we weigh the competing calls for traditional defense and efforts on emerging problems? Affordable Security: Financial and Economic Realities In order to build more comprehensive security, we must understand our resources and priorities. In a time of economic turmoil, financial resources can be diminished or uncertain. Investments in both traditional and human security are needed, but real solutions must come from a solid understanding of today’s complex policy and economic environment. New Challenges: Human Safety and Sustainable Security Security today cannot come at the expense of security tomorrow. Long-term planning is needed to “win the future,” and the earth will be a beneficiary of any effective comprehensive security program. Without the food, water and energy resources that fuel human society, traditional defense is meaningless. Sustainability is a core part of the security picture.

Who will be the reformers? Many countries view security as essentially an international issue, but a more comprehensive security needs domestic coordination—and leadership. Affordable security demands a search for cooperative strategies among foreign and domestic policymakers, between the private and public sector, and among countries that often disagree. New Strategies and Concepts for Moving Forward Entrepreneurs drive changes in business, and social entrepreneurs can drive social change. The task before future strategists is to leverage what we have in innovative ways to guarantee the security the world needs. The challenge for strategists is to facilitate cooperation among nontraditional security guarantors in the private sector and in government. China and America: The Pivotal Relationship for Affordable Security The world’s two largest economies share an ocean and a future. Will they build a secure future world? U.S. arms sales to Taiwan and the pricing of the Renminbi are only two of several contentious issues in current U.S.-China relations. The future calls for increased interaction between these two countries in a changing international context. How can China and the United States build the necessary trust to defuse tensions and cooperate in key areas of mutual concern?

March 27-28, 2012 NEWSEUM, Knight Conference Center, Washington, DC A project of the W. P. Carey Foundation and the EastWest Institute William R. Polk, Conference Chairman Contact: Online:

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