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Global Security Forum 2023: Tripping Points & Tripwires


Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr., Jay Malave, Ambassador Susan D. Page, and Morgan Brennan

GSF 2023 brings together professionals, leaders, policymakers, and students alike to discuss the security of the world. This year, topics will revolve around China, Russia, cyber, and artificial intelligence, as speakers touch on the catalysts of our biggest security concerns in today’s increasingly complex world. 

The world stands on the precipice of transformational change.

From the disruptive potential of AI to Russian threats of nuclear war and an upcoming U.S.election, tipping points are poised to redefine the world as we know it.The decisions we make today will shape the future of global security for decades to come.

How can we identify these tipping points and prepare for an uncertain future?

Join the World Affairs Council of Connecticut and national partners on September 21 and 22 for the Global Security Forum 2023: Tipping Points and Tripwires.

Learn more and reserve your ticket today at

Date & Agenda:

Participate in-person or virtually!

Thursday, September 21, 2023, and Friday, September 22, 2023

VIP Opening Reception

Date: Thursday, September 21|6:00pm–8:00 PM EST

Location: Capital Grille, Private Event Space, Downtown Hartford

The VIP Reception is the opening event of the Global Security Forum and a chance to meet visiting speakers and leaders

A mingling, networking-focused reception hosting visiting GSF speakers and moderators, community and business leaders, cadets, and special guests, with brief remarks from select guests.

Global Security Forum

Date: Friday, September 22|8:00am–3:30pm EST

Location:Goodwin University Auditorium, East Hartford

2023 Global Security Forum (GSF) convenes the nation’s top leadership and experts in Connecticut to discuss security and strategy in the decisive decade to come. Panelists will explore areas in which acting now will be vital to advancing our national and global security interests.

GSF 2023 will feature discussions on confronting areas that will be tipping points for global security in the coming decade:from climate change, emerging technologies, nuclear concerns in the face of global superpower competition, U.S. intelligence capabilities, and military and government preparedness.


Virtual ticket: $25 + $2.72 fee

Student virtual ticket: Free

GSF 2023 Speakers include:

General Charles Q. Brown, Jr.: 22nd Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force

General (U.S. Air Force, Ret.) Ellen Pawlikowski: Former Commander, U.S. Air Force Materiel Command; Raytheon Technologies Board of Directors

Lieutenant General (U.S. Army) Laura A. Potter: 47th U.S. Army Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, G-2

Lieutenant General (U.S. Army, Ret.) Stephen M. Twitty: Former Deputy Commander, U.S. European Command; President, Twitty and Associates LLC

Lieutenant General (U.S. Air Force, Ret.) Michael Moeller

Lieutenant General (U.S. Air Force, Ret.) Steven Shepro: 21st Deputy Chairman of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Military Committee

Lieutenant General (U.S. Marine Corps, Ret.) Terry Robling: Former Commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific; CEO of PDL Services

Ambassador Susan D. Page: Women of Color Advancing Peace & Security (WCAPS); Former Ambassador of the U.S. to South Sudan; Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for the United Nations Mission for Justice Support in Haiti

Hon. Sherri Goodman: Secretary General, International Military Council on Climate and Security; Former Deputy Undersecretary of Defense (Environmental Security)

Jay Malave: Chief Financial Officer, Lockheed Martin

Morgan Brennan: Host of CNBC’s “Closing Bell: Overtime”

James Holmes: U.S. Naval War College

Paul Scharre: Center for New American Security

Luke Knittig

Arthur House

*Additional confirmations ongoing


Presented by the World Affairs Council of Connecticut

In partnership with:

Goodwin University

Connecticut National Guard, Military Department

MOAA (Military Officers Association of America)

ROA (Reserve Officers Association)

Women of Color Advancing Peace and Security (WCAPS)

World Affairs Councils of America

World Affairs Council of Western Massachusetts

World Affairs Council of Austin

World Affairs Council of Orange County

World Affairs Council of Houston

World Affairs Council of San Antonio

World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh

Utah Global Diplomacy

Upstate International and World Affairs Council Upstate

Sponsored by:

Pratt & Whitney Military Engines

General Dynamics Information Technology


PJ Cimini

Susan & Peter G. Kelly

Barnes Group

Civic Engagement Sponsor: Patricelli Family Foundation

Donna Collins


Mark & Linda Caplan

Arthur House