About the Organizers

The 2019 Kalaris Intelligence Conference is jointly organized by the Center for Security Studies and the Center for Security and Emerging Technology, both of which are housed within the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.

Center for Security Studies

Georgetown University’s Center for Security Studies (CSS) offers an expansive curriculum, in-depth research, and critical dialogue on security issues. The vision of the Center, created by then-Director Michael E. Brown in 2000, is to produce a new generation of analysts, policymakers, and scholars to think critically and act responsibly in the face of the 21st Century’s most pressing national and international security problems.

The academic pillar of the Center for Security Studies, the Security Studies Program (SSP), is the nation’s preeminent professional Master of Arts program devoted to security studies. When Stephen Gibert established the National Security Studies Program in 1977 as a “defense MBA,” the original classes met in the Pentagon and the degree was an M.A. in Government with a certificate in Security Studies. In 1984, the Master of Arts in Security Studies degree was established, and all classes had moved over to Georgetown University’s main campus by 1994.

Center for Security and Emerging Technology

Established in January 2019, the Center for Security and Emerging Technology (CSET) at Georgetown’s Walsh School of Foreign Service is a research organization focused on studying the security impacts of emerging technologies, supporting academic work in security and technology studies, and delivering nonpartisan analysis to the policy community. CSET aims to prepare a generation of policymakers, analysts, and diplomats to address the challenges and opportunities of emerging technologies. During its first two years, CSET will focus on the effects of progress in artificial intelligence and advanced computing.

CSET is supported by the Open Philanthropy Project, which identifies outstanding giving opportunities, makes grants, follows the results, and publishes its findings.