Established in 2018, the Global Security Forum (GSF) is an annual international gathering hosted by The Soufan Center. For several years it has brought together an international network of senior officials and experts, and consistently includes ministers, heads of security agencies, and prominent experts, academics, and journalists, and thousands of attendees. This invitation-only event provides a unique dynamic platform for international stakeholders to convene and address the international community’s leading security challenges.
In 2021, the Global Security Forum explored the imperative of balancing cooperation and competition in ensuring security and addressing critical challenges in governance and development. In 2020, the Forum looked at the evolution of global security challenges posed by complex geopolitical realities exacerbated by the global COVID-19 pandemic, including disinformation, extremism, and governance and legitimacy. In 2019, the Forum explored the proliferation of modern disinformation and the serious implications for an increasingly interconnected world. The inaugural 2018 Global Security Forum addressed the global challenge of returning foreign fighters.