Everything around us and within us impacts our behavior, thoughts, interactions etc. Some of it, we can influence and predict, while others are deemed impossible and even if there was a scenario within which they would happen, their scope, strength, location, and timeframe are considered unpredictable and unknown. Or are they after all?

This debate can be translated into the Security realm since the world is led and dominated by Strategic Trends that are fluid. Of some of them, we are fully aware, some seem to be irrelevant while others lurk and influence from the shadows without us being aware of them. The latter ones are usually perceived as beyond the realm of human knowledge and control.

However, just like natural disasters happen suddenly and then all at once creating disruptions and chaos, so are our Trend lines subjected to strategic shocks that can alter the direction of the Trend, slow it down, speed it up or stop it entirely. These events are known as discontinuities and with this conference, we will try to delve deeper into them in order to enhance further discussions on the topic and tickle your imagination.

To do so, at the Autumn Conference 2021 Atlantic Forum will investigate the history of discontinuities, the importance of “What if” mentality all in order to try to answer the question on how we can prepare for them in traditional domains, newly established ones or indeed in a hybrid setting. Can EDTs help us? All to provide perspectives on potential new changes and challenges in warfare!

Due to the development of COVID-19 Atlantic Forum decided to host the Autumn Conference 2021 fully online, building forward on the Spring Conference in April. Stay tuned for more information.

Are you a patron and interested in contributing to the conference as a speaker or moderator? Please send an email to Conference@Atlantic-Forum.com with your CV and a short pitching on your possible contribution.