DAY 1: TUESDAY 12 OCTOBER 2021
8:00 am (DOH) | Registration
9:00 am (DOH) | Opening Ceremony
- H.E. Sheikh Khalid Bin Khalifa Bin Abdulaziz Al-Thani, Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, State of Qatar
9:05 – 9:15 am (DOH) | Welcome Remarks & Opening Commentary
- Michael Masters, President of the Board, The Soufan Center
- Ahmad Hasnah, President, Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU)
9:20 – 10:00 am (DOH) | Fireside Chat with the President of the Republic of Rwanda
Resilience Building and Securing Development in Africa
This session will focus on building resilience and promoting socioeconomic development in Africa, amidst challenges of conflict, terrorism and COVID-19.
- H.E. Paul Kagame, President, Republic of Rwanda
- [moderator] Mr. Steve Clemons, Editor at Large, The Hill
10:05 – 10:45 am (DOH) | Panel Discussion
Afghanistan: Two Decades Reporting from the Ground
- Richard Engel, NBC News Chief Foreign Correspondent; Host, MSNBC’S “On Assignment With Richard Engel”
- [moderator] Mr. Ali Velshi, Host of “Velshi”, MSNBC
10:50 – 11:30 am (DOH) | Fireside Chat with Secretary of Homeland Security of the United States
Protecting the U.S. Homeland from Diverse Security Threats
This session will examine the increasingly diverse security challenges facing the world and the United States today, and the importance of global cooperation in tackling emerging threats.
- The Honorable Alejandro Mayorkas, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, United States
- [moderator] Mr. Michael Isikoff, Chief Investigative Correspondent, Yahoo News
11:35 am – 12:35 pm (DOH) | Panel Discussion
The Impact of COVID-19 on Security & Diplomacy
The COVID-19 pandemic has shaped not just the global threat environment, but also impacted international partnerships, caused a reallocation of resources and capacities, and heightened domestic socioeconomic dynamics that have challenged many states. This session will examine how states and international actors have had to adapt their international engagement and diplomacy in response to these developments.
- Gilles de Kerchove, Former Counter-Terrorism Coordinator, Council of the European Union
- Ambassador Nathan Sales, Former Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights (acting), S. Department of State; and Non-Resident Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council
- Mark Power, Deputy Ambassador, British Embassy Israel, United Kingdom Foreign Office
- Laila Bokhari, Board Director, Nordic Safe Cities; Senior Adviser, Yara International; and Former Deputy Minister/State Secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office and Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway
- [moderator] Mr. Bobby Ghosh, Editor, Bloomberg
12:45 – 1:25 pm (DOH) | Fireside Chat
Qatar’s Political and Diplomatic Efforts on Afghanistan
The session will focus on Qatar’s role in addressing the critical political challenges facing Afghanistan, and the importance of strengthening international and regional efforts to address them.
- E. Dr. Mutlaq bin Majed Al-Qahtani, Special Envoy of the Foreign Minister of the State of Qatar for Counterterrorism and Mediation in Conflict Resolution, State of Qatar
- [moderator] Mr. Peter Bergen, Vice President, New America
1:25 – 2:50 pm (DOH) | Lunch
2:50 – 3:00 pm | Remarks by Mr. John Godfrey, Acting Coordinator for Counterterrorism and Acting Special Envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, Department of State Bureau of Counterterrorism, United States
3:00 – 4:00 pm (DOH) | Panel Discussion
The Evolution of the Global Security Landscape
This session will reflect on the evolution of the international security landscape over the past year, given the impact of the global pandemic, severe climate events and an increasingly diverse terrorist threats that includes a confident Al-Qaeda, strong ISIS affiliates and emerging violent right-wing extremist networks.
- Ambassador Edmund Fitton-Brown, Coordinator, United Nations Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team concerning the Islamic State, al-Qaeda, and the Taliban
- Charles Spencer, Assistant Director of the International Operations Division, Federal Bureau of Investigation, United States
- [moderator] Mr. Peter Bergen, Vice President for Global Studies and Fellows, New America
4:05 – 4:45 pm (DOH) | Panel Discussion
Are We Equipped to Deal with Current Global Terrorist Threats?
This session will examine changes in the terrorism landscape over the past year – from the emergence of a more potent transnational violent right-wing extremist threat, the potential instability in Afghanistan and strong regional al-Qaeda and ISIS affiliates exploiting local and regional grievances – alongside the evolving COVID-19 pandemic.
- Colonel (Retired) Chris Costa, Former Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Counterterrorism, United States; and Executive Director, International Spy Museum
- Bruce Hoffman, Senior Fellow for Counterterrorism and Homeland Security, Council on Foreign Relations
- [moderator] Ms. Robin Wright, Columnist, The New Yorker; and Joint Fellow, U.S. Institute of Peace and Woodrow Wilson Center
4:50– 5:50 pm (DOH) | Panel Discussion
The Transition from Counterterrorism to Great Power Competition: Challenges, Opportunities, and Strategic Impact
This session will look at the implications of managing competition among near peers, or ‘great power competition’ for collective efforts to counter global threats and challenges; what are the costs, benefits and likely outcomes of a shift in states’ approaches.
- Ambassador Bilahari Kausikan, Former Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore; and Chairman, National University of Singapore Middle East Institute
- John Brennan, Former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, United States
- [moderator] Mr. Mark Mazzetti, Washington Investigative Correspondent, The New York Times
5:55 – 6:35 pm (DOH) | Fireside Chat
The COVID-19 Pandemic: Impacts on Geopolitics, National Strategies, and Global Cooperation
This session will examine the emergence of the unprecedented global pandemic and the impact on international cooperation, as states compete and cooperate to secure protective gear, vaccines, impose travel restrictions, and manage protective measures.
- Matthew Pottinger, Former Deputy National Security Advisor, United States; and Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Hoover Institution
- [moderator] Mr. Lawrence Wright, Author and Staff Writer for The New Yorker
6:40 – 7:40 pm (DOH) | Panel Discussion
The Evolution of Terrorist Groups: Adapting to Global Responses and Dynamics
This session will explore the evolution of terrorist groups and how they have adapted in response to international dynamics and counterterrorism efforts, including an increased focus on the gender dimension and the different roles of women and girls.
- Audrey Kurth Cronin, Distinguished Professor in the School of International Service and Director of the Center for Security, Innovation and New Technology, American University
- Tim Wilson, Trustee, Airey Neave Trust
- [moderator] Ambassador Umej Bhatia, Permanent Representative to the United Nations Offices in Geneva and Vienna, Singapore
8:00 – 11:00 pm (DOH) | Film Screening of “Totally Under Control,” Discussion, & Dinner
- Alex Gibney, President, Jigsaw Productions
- [moderator] Mr. Steve Clemons, Editor at Large, The Hill