Public Conversation: Framing the Future – discussing geopolitical, societal and other trends ahead of the Global Trends reports

Swire Room, University College, 12 Merton Street
June 2015

High-level policymakers from the US and UK defence and intelligence communities will discuss global trends in the next 20-30 years as part of of a two-day workshop. The workshop is aimed at discussing trends and uncertainties ahead of publicly-sourced reports Global Trends. Published by the US National Intelligence Council (NIC), the Global Trends series informs the development of US national security strategy - as well as strategic thinking worldwide - by providing an assessment of the range of possible futures over a 20-year time horizon.

Speakers at the public conversation are:

  • Rear Admiral J M L Kingwell, Director Development, Concepts and Doctrine Centre, UK Ministry of Defence
  • Dr Suzanne E Fry, Director, Strategic Futures Group, US National Intelligence Council
  • Professor Monica Duffy Toft, Professor of Government and Policy, Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford (moderator)

This event is open to the public, but there is limited availability of spaces. To attend please sign up on the registration form.


Rear Admiral John Kingwell joined the Royal Navy in 1984. He has had 4 commands, including as Commander United Kingdom Task Group, the Task Group deployed off Libya in 2011. Other appointments have included being the adviser to the newly appointed Head of the Iraqi Navy (2005) and a range of policy appointments in the Ministry of Defence. As Director Development, Concepts and Doctrine Centre, he is responsible for the production of horizon-scanning strategic trends, concepts and doctrine – underpinned by thorough research and experimentation – to help inform decisions in Defence strategy, capability development and operations, and to provide the foundation for joint education, both now and into the future.

Dr Suzanne Fry is Director of the Strategic Futures Group at the National Intelligence Council, where she is responsible for the Global Trends series and leads a team of senior analysts charged with global issue and over-the-horizon analysis. Dr Fry has worked on a range of global instability and governance issues for more than a decade, to include leading in the US Intelligence Community’s Political Instability Task Force. Dr Fry received her PhD in Political Science from New York University and BA in Government and International Studies from the University of Notre Dame.