The Global Security Forum

The Global Security Forum 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 included 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.

2024 Global Security Forum

The 2024 Global Security Forum took place from May 20-22 in Doha, Qatar. The theme of this year’s forum was Strategic Competition: The Complexity of Interdependence. The conference addressed today’s global security challenges within the context of strategic competition while assessing both risks and opportunities that result from complex interdependence. 2024 forum included discussions on topics such as: supply chain management; climate change as a threat multiplier; energy security; essential technologies such as high-end semiconductors; food insecurity; and the practice of hostage-taking by state and non-state actors, among other related topics.

2023 Global Security Forum

The 2023 Global Security Forum took place from March 13-15, in Doha, Qatar, and addressed the central theme of Reshaping the Global Order. The conference focused on international approaches to conflict, crises, and cooperation and included discussions on topics such as the global energy crisis and approaches to strengthening sustainable economies; great power competition, shaped by the war in Ukraine; the evolution of global terrorism and emerging threats; violent far-right extremist networks and financing; and the disinformation-terrorism nexus.

2022 Global Security Forum

On the margins of the opening of the 77th UN General Assembly, The Soufan Center organized a Global Security Forum Event, in partnership with the Center on National Security at Fordham Law School. The lunchtime event at the Yale Club of New York City focused on Reshaping the Global Order: Conflict, Crises, and Cooperation. More information here.

2021 Global Security Forum

The 2021 Global Security Forum took place from October 12-14, 2021, in Doha, Qatar and adopted a hybrid approach for virtual participants. As states vie for power and resources in a rapidly evolving geopolitical climate, the 2021 Global Security Forum addressed the theme ‘Cooperation or Competition? Changing Dynamics of Global Security.’ Conversations focused on the imperative of balancing cooperation and competition in ensuring security and addressing critical challenges in governance and development. More information here.

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. Based in Doha, the Qatar International Academy for Security Studies (QIASS) is a professional institute serving to raise security standards, knowledge, and cooperation within the Gulf Region and across the globe.


The Global Security Forum works with a diverse range of local and international partners. Partners over the years have included: the United Nations Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED), New America Foundation, Defense One, Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU), Georgetown University in Qatar, Qatar University, the Center on National Security at Fordham Law School, the Alliance for Securing Democracy, the Airey Neave Trust, and Qatar Airways.