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.

2019 Global Security Forum

The 2019 Global Security Forum will take place from 15-16 October in Doha, Qatar. This year, the two-day conference will explore the security challenges posed by the proliferation of modern disinformation and the serious implications this has on an increasingly interconnected world. The nexus between disinformation and technological advances has produced an unprecedented threat landscape, which requires a whole-of-society approach. The global effects of disinformation – whether via organized campaigns that influence elections or policy decisions, or via misinformation given to individuals or groups engaging in violent acts of perceived retribution – have become common and persistent security threats. All nations are dealing with this phenomenon. Private and non-profit organizations are dealing with the effects as well. Relying solely on government or the private sector alone to counter disinformation, however, will not work; it is imperative to convene an open dialogue in a multi-stakeholder environment to develop comprehensive solutions. The 2019 Forum will convene officials and experts from across the world, to include governments, technology platforms, media, advertising & marketing agencies, social media, academia, think tanks, and international organizations, among others.

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 on Returning Foreign Fighters: Policies and Actions to Address the Threat and Protect Vulnerable Communities 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.

The Forum provided an opportunity for researchers, academics, policymakers, diplomats, practitioners and top intelligence, military, and law enforcement professionals, to come together with governments in order to solidify the international network of those working to address this global challenge. Among the participants were experts from the European Union, the United Nations, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), U.S. State Department, U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Department of the Treasury, the British Parliament and Her Majesty's Prison Service. Over 60 countries were represented at the gathering. The findings and recommendations from the 2018 Forum were presented to the United Nations Security Council, the European Parliament, the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF), and the Global Coalition Against Daesh/ISIS.


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 (TSC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving as a resource and forum for research, analysis, and strategic dialogue related to global security issues and emergent threats. 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. 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 has confirmed partnerships with the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED), New America, Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU), Defense One, Alliance for Securing Democracy, Qatar University, and Qatar Airways.

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