GWU and DSCU to Host 2023 Security Cooperation Conference

Posted on: 9/7/2023

The Defense Security Cooperation University (DSCU) and The George Washington University (GWU) Elliott School of International Affairs will co-host the second annual Security Cooperation Conference, “Delivering on the Promise of Security Cooperation” October 12-13, 2023, in Washington, D.C. The Conference will examine the practice of Security Cooperation to inform U.S. policymakers, planners, and implementers responsible for advancing the National Defense Strategy (NDS) through global partnerships and international cooperation. This annual gathering of Security Cooperation scholars and practitioners fosters analysis, research, scholarship, and critical inquiry among participants.

“I look forward to the 2023 Conference during which we will explore the key issues facing our vast Security Cooperation enterprise,” said Dr. Celeste Gventer, DSCU President. “My main goal for the Conference is to build on the intersection of scholarship and practice in Security Cooperation; how one can inform the other. To accomplish this and deliver on the promise of Security Cooperation, we must foster partnerships, promote the exchange of knowledge, and collaborate across communities.”

This 1.5-day conference will feature plenary sessions to hear from leaders in the field and structured panel sessions around key issues that support examination of the practice of Security Cooperation. Panels will include topics, such as Political-Military Influence in Contested Environments, Working Collaboratively with Partners, and Ukraine Lessons for Crisis Security Cooperation. The topics explored during the 2022 SC Conference can be found in this Report.

The conference will observe the Chatham House Rule. Experts across the security cooperation and assistance enterprise and relevant research communities are invited to participate.

Limited seats are still available, visit to place your name in the queue. Signing up on the Event Brite page does not guarantee admittance, individuals will receive email notifications if attendance is confirmed.

For more information about the SC Conference, contact DSCU at:

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