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Annual Briefing 2020 - Update #2

Dear OSAC members:

As announced on June 6, the Overseas Security Advisory Council’s 2020 Annual Briefing will be held virtually during the week of November 16.

To honor the legacy and importance of the Annual Briefing to the international security community, OSAC’s staff has been working diligently to create an event that provides the content, networking, and knowledge sharing that you have come to expect. Given the unique events of this year, OSAC is keen to focus on the challenges and opportunities we have faced collectively, as well to consider the environment that awaits us in 2021. As we’ve done in years past, OSAC will host expert keynote speakers and in-depth panel discussions on critical security topics and share regional analytical insights. And although we may not be together in person, we plan to offer opportunities for more personalized connections through smaller group networking activities.

As the details solidify, we will share more information in the coming weeks. In the meantime, we’re pleased to share a summary of this year’s OSAC week so you have a better sense of what’s in store.

Registration for the OSAC 35th Annual Briefing will open in September.


#OSACWeek Summary
  • Meetings and activities are scheduled to occur November 16 - 20; most of the content will be recorded and available to view after airing.
  • Monday (11/16) will feature our 2nd annual Common Interest Council Summit for CIC leaders and OSAC Council Members, followed by one of our most popular Annual Briefing events, the Women in Security Annual Event.
  • Tuesday (11/17), Wednesday (11/18), and Thursday (11/19) will feature our core AB content for all OSAC member registrants. Each day’s agenda will include keynotes and panel discussions, followed by professional development and networking opportunities. The three days will generally run from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Washington).
  • The International Security Foundation will host a virtual OSAC Appreciation Event on Wednesday evening (11/18).
  • Some of the online sessions on Monday (11/16) and Friday (11/20) are designated for select audiences. Please watch for additional information if you are a leader or member of one of OSAC’s common interest groups.



OSAC Week -- November 16 - 20


Monday, 11/16

Tuesday, 11/17

(10 a.m. - 5 p.m. EST)

Wednesday, 11/18

(10 a.m. - 5 p.m. EST)

Thursday, 11/19

(10 a.m. - 5 p.m. EST)

Friday, 11/20
Council Meetings


Common Interest Council Summit


Women in Security Event
Keynote speaker


Panel Discussions


Networking and Professional Development Opportunities
Keynote speaker


 Panel Discussions


Networking and Professional Development Opportunities


ISF’s Virtual OSAC Appreciation Event
Keynote speaker


Panel Discussions


Networking and Professional Development Opportunities


OSAC Common Interest Council Meetings
OSAC Common Interest Council Meetings 


Thank you for your continued support of OSAC and our community. We look forward to hosting an informative and memorable program in November. Please mark your calendars, and we’ll see you there.

Jason Kight

OSAC Executive Director
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