U.S. and Eurasian Security: The Challenges Ahead

U.S. and Eurasian Security: The Challenges Ahead is a new program that will give participants a competitive advantage through in-depth analysis and insights into the major challenges to U.S. security across Eurasia.

At a Glance

Course Date

To be Announced


CSIS Headquarters or Virtual



Registration Deadline

To be Announced


U.S. and Eurasian Security: The Challenges Ahead is a new program that will give participants a competitive advantage through in-depth analysis and insights into the major challenges to U.S. security across Eurasia: China continues its assertive foreign policy and militarily threatens countries in the region. Russia has invaded Ukraine and launched the largest war in Europe since 1945. North Korea refuses to give up nuclear weapons. The Middle East struggles with terrorism and Iranian aggression. NATO is expanding its membership and awakening to new security challenges.

An accomplished cadre of security and foreign policy experts, including practitioners, scholars, and former senior leaders in government will lead seminars across a variety of issue areas. Participants will have the opportunity to apply concepts from these seminars in an interactive team-based strategy exercise. The collaborative format of the course will enable participants to learn from and network with other professionals in the defense enterprise.

The course is open to anyone interested in U.S. and Eurasian security. The U.S. and Eurasian Security program was developed in concert with the forthcoming Red Horizon: Force and Diplomacy in Eurasia immersive executive education program at Harvard’s Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies. It will be of particular benefit to those who participate in Red Horizon, as it will give them a concrete orientation to the issues they will face in the exercise.



U.S. and Eurasian Security: The Challenges Ahead offers a series of interactive seminars addressing a wide range of military and foreign policy issues across Eurasia.

  • The U.S. Looks Out: Geopolitics and National Security Threats
  • China: National Security Goals and Military Capabilities
  • Russia: Aspirations, Capabilities, and the Ukraine Quagmire
  • NATO and Europe
  • North Korea: Strategy and Forces
  • Iran and the Middle East
  • Terrorism, Irregular Warfare, and the “Gray Zone”
  • U.S. Nuclear Forces: Policy and Employment
  • U.S. Conventional Forces: Structure and Capabilities

Interactive Strategy Exercise

What will it take to respond to these challenges to Eurasian security? A final strategy and budget exercise challenges participants to apply lessons from the seminars by making choices about U.S. strategy and then identifying the resourcing and program trade-offs that follow. Participants will collaborate in small teams to determine levels of force structure, modernization, and readiness, organized around their concept of a U.S. national defense strategy. At the end of the exercise, CSIS experts will provide detailed feedback to the participants, addressing the trade-offs that they have made and the implications of their choices for national security.

Red Horizon: Force and Diplomacy in Eurasia

While this executive program is open to everyone, it will be a valuable precursor for participants who also participate in the Red Horizon: Force and Diplomacy in Eurasia simulation. Red Horizon is an immersive executive education program conducted by the Negotiation Task Force of the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University. Red Horizon 2022 will take place on December 9-11, 2022, on the Harvard University campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Although the two programs are separate, the U.S. and Eurasian Security course at CSIS will familiarize Red Horizon participants with the regional dynamics and military capabilities of countries that might be involved in the type of global crisis the simulation explores. The intention is to better prepare participants to move into their assigned roles. However, national security professionals interested in Eurasian security or particular regional issues can take the CSIS U.S. and Eurasian Security program as a standalone course.


CSIS is seeking a professionally diverse cohort of mid-career practitioners with at least 5 to 10 years of experience from across the U.S. and international military, government, private sector, and academic communities who are interested in increasing their knowledge of U.S. and Eurasian security. Although CSIS believes in-person participation is most valuable, the course is structured to accommodate remote participation. The selection committee will consider candidates' professional background as well as demonstrated interest in international security and related areas. Applicants participating in the Davis Center’s Red Horizon executive program will have priority if space is limited

How to Register

The online registration form includes a statement of interest, brief bio, and attachment of a resume and photo. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and are due by Wednesday, November 16, 2022. Applications for the Red Horizon executive program should be submitted separately on their website. The link is here. Applicants who register for both programs are eligible to receive a discount of $400 on tuition for each program; please indicate on the application that you are applying to both.


For more information, please contact Jessica Middleton, Learning and Development Coordinator, at jmiddleton@csis.org.

Director of Learning Experiences, Executive Education and Abshire-Inamori Leadership Academy
Max Bergmann
Director, Europe, Russia, and Eurasia Program and Stuart Center
Director, Project on Nuclear Issues and Senior Fellow, International Security Program