SSP Events

The Security Studies Program at Georgetown University offers a wide variety of events for its students, as well as other members of the Washington, DC community. These include talks on topics relating to international security, networking opportunities, and social events.

The regular Thursday lunch talks provide students with opportunities to hear distinguished guests discuss historical and contemporary issues. Recent talks have included the foreign fighter phenomenon, Chinese nuclear strategy, and cybersecurity. Click here to watch previous lunch talks on our YouTube Channel.

In collaboration with the Georgetown School of Foreign Service Career Center, there are frequent occasions for students to engage with potential employers, both in the public and private sectors.

The Program also hosts annual social events, such as a Christmas party, a James Bond-themed gala, and a summer boat cruise. The diverse array of events provides opportunities for SSP students of all backgrounds and interests to engage with other students, develop their networks, and learn from leading experts.


  • Ntrepid-CSS Cyber Symposium
    November 20, 2015
  • Sky
    SSP Lunch Series: Emma Sky
    November 6, 2015

    Today’s CSS Lunch Series event featured Emma Sky, author of The Unraveling: High Hopes and Missed Opportunities in Iraq. During Sky’s discussion, she not only recalled her personal journey in the Middle East, but gave her expert opinion on a variety of relevant questions asked by students.The Center for Security Studies hosts its regular Thursday lunch series featuring speakers on a variety of security topics throughout the Fall and Spring semester, and all events are open to all students, faculty, alumni and the public

  • Operation Enduring Freedom-Philippines

    Col. David Maxwell (ret), Associate Director, Security Studies Program at Georgetown University presents "Operation Enduring Freedom – Philippines: A Special Warfare Approach to Counterinsurgency & Counterterrorism" at the CSS Lunchtime Series, on 22 October, 2015.

  • Freedman
    Sir Lawrence Freedman (Principal, King's College London) "Strategy and Irregular Warfare"

    Today, most writing on military strategy focuses on regular war or how regular military forces might challenge irregular insurgencies. When irregular warfare is considered it is often from the perspective of great guerrilla fighters with ambitions to turn their force into a conventional army. Nevertheless, much of contemporary irregular warfare is organized around militias and can merge into gangsterism and criminality. Professor Freedman explored these complex issues surrounding irregular groups' strategic mindset as a part of our CSS Luncheon series.