The Global Security Forum

Established in 2018, the Global Security Forum is an annual international gathering bringing together a multi-disciplinary network of experts, practitioners, and policy-makers from government, security, academia, media, entertainment, international organizations, the humanitarian sector, the private sector and beyond to come together to discuss the world’s most pressing topics. This invite-only event provides a unique platform for international stakeholders to convene and offer solutions that address the international community’s leading security challenges.

2021 Global Security Forum

The 2021 Global Security Forum will build on the successes of the previous forums. The dates and topic will be announced in Spring, 2021.

2020 Global Security Forum

The 2020 ‘Virtual’ Global Security Forum took place from November 16-19, 2020, and addressed the topic ‘A New World (Dis)order? Managing Security Challenges in an Increasingly Complex Landscape.’ The Forum explored, through a series of online fireside chats and panel discussions, the evolution of global security challenges posed by complex geopolitical realities that have been exacerbated by the global COVID-19 pandemic, including disinformation, extremism, and governance and legitimacy. More information here.

2019 Global Security Forum

The 2019 Global Security Forum took place from October 15-16, 2019, in Doha, Qatar. The Forum addressed the topic ‘Security Challenges in the Era of Modern Disinformation’ and explored the challenge posed by the proliferation of modern disinformation and the serious implications the phenomenon has on an increasingly interconnected world. The event underscored how the threat of disinformation is rampant globally and presents a whole-of-society challenge, impacting governments, communities, businesses, brands & media. More information here.

Inaugural 2018 Global Security Forum

The inaugural 2018 Global Security Forum took place in Doha, Qatar, from 30-31 October 2018, bringing together a consortium of experts, practitioners, and policy-makers to address the global challenge of returning foreign fighters. The Forum addressed the topic 'Returning Foreign Fighters: Policies and Actions to Address the Threat and Protect Vulnerable Communities' and served as an opportunity for a multi-disciplinary network to come together to address the foreign fighter phenomenon and its effects on vulnerable communities and global security. The 2018 Forum addressed a range of issues – from understanding the global terrorism landscape to addressing challenges to prosecution to discussing the particular issue of returning women, children, and families. More information here.


Each year, the Global Security Forum is organized by The Soufan Center (TSC) and the Qatar International Academy for Security Studies (QIASS). Based in New York City, The Soufan Center is an independent non-profit center offering research, analysis, and strategic dialogue on global security challenges and foreign policy issues.


The Global Security Forum works with a diverse range of local and international partners. The inaugural 2018 Global Security Forum was co-hosted with Georgetown University in Qatar and Qatar University – a workshop session was also co-hosted with the United Nations Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED). The 2019 Global Security Forum confirmed partnerships with CTED, New America, Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU), Defense One, the Alliance for Securing Democracy, Qatar University, and Qatar Airways. The 2020 partners were CTED, New America Foundation, and Defense One.

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