Global Disruptive Forces (GDF)

Geostrategic friction, terrorism, global health, technology, corruption, resources, demographics, crime—Global Disruptive Forces draws on 25 years of field-work across 75 countries, revealing the texture, connectivity, and implications of the challenges confronting the world today and in the future. Sources include militants, refugees, traffickers, clergy, scientists, business leaders, and NGOs. Film, photos, and interviews from war zones to boardrooms offer vivid testimony and analysis along the frontlines of global conflict and transformation.

Presentation duration: 30-90 minutes

Topics in Global Disruptive Forces include but are not limited to:

  1. Systemic Disorder: A World in Chaos
  2. Geostrategic Competition: Economic and Military Rivalries
  3. Cyber Threats
  4. Frontier Market Political Risk
  5. Terrorism and Insurgency
  6. U.S. and Foreign Intelligence Operations
  7. Special Operations Forces
  8. Travel and Field-Work in Hostile Terrain
  9. Corruption and Bad Governance: Twin Pillars of Insecurity
  10. Refugees, Migrants, and Human Trafficking
  11. Transnational Organized Crime
  12. Africa’s Sahel Region: Drivers and Dynamics of Insecurity
  13. Europe: Populism, Migration, Division
  14. South and Central Asia: Heartland of Insecurity
  15. China: Foreign and Security Policy
  16. Russia: Foreign and Security Policy
  17. Pakistan, Turkey, Saudi Arabia: Complicated Partnerships with the U.S.
  18. Conflict Across the Middle East and North Africa
  19. Energy, Food, Water, and the Environment: Resources under Stress
  20. Religion and Ethnicity in Global Affairs
  21. Demographics: Youth Bulges, Youth Marginalization, Aging Populations
  22. Social Media: A Force Multiplier for States, Corporations, and Militants Alike
  23. Silver Linings: Progress and Promise Around the World
  24. Peering Around the Corner at Future Trends
  25. International Perspectives: How Other Governments & People View America