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Interdependence and technological change have placed security issues within a more global frame. Terrorism, civil war, and failed states are generating increased refugee flows and cross-border threats. Military rivalries are compounded by conflicts in cyberspace. A more secure and just future will require creative leadership, effective institutions, and greater intercultural understanding.

The Global Future of Security was the focus of the Georgetown Global Futures Initiative during the spring 2016 semester. A series of lectures by leaders of major international organizations framed a structured conversation with faculty, students, and a global audience about key security challenges and how to address them in the decades to come.

The lectures were complemented by a range of other events across campus related to the theme of security, as well as a global online dialogue including more than 40 scholars, students, and practitioners around the world.

For an overview of Georgetown’s engagement with issues of security across schools and programs, visit the Global Georgetown website.

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The Global Future of Security Spring 2016 Report

The Global Future of Security Spring 2016 Report

During the spring 2016 semester, Global Futures hosted a series of high-level lectures featuring global leaders including United Nations Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zainab Bangura, former secretary of defense Chuck Hagel, and Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme Ertharin Cousin.


Zero Hunger: A Foundation of Global Stability and Prosperity

Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme Ertharin Cousin explored how the current unprecedented level of crisis in our world—coupled with persistent hunger and poverty—undermines global stability and threatens our collective global future. Cousin addressed the vicious cycle of…



Zero Hunger: A Foundation of Global Stability and Prosperity (Video)

April 12, 2016

Duration: 1 hour 0 minutes

The Global Future of Security (Video)

March 21, 2016

Duration: 1 hour 8 minutes

Human Security in the Face of Violent Extremism (Video)

February 22, 2016

Duration: 1 hour 53 minutes