Global Trends 2040

April 20

12:00pm - 1:00pm


Audience: Current Student,  Faculty,  Prospective Student,  Staff

In April 2021, the US National Intelligence Council released its quadrennial Global Trends report assessing the national security environment over the next two decades. The report, Global Trends 2040: A More Contested World, details five key themes including shared global challenges ranging from climate change to technology disruptions; fragmentation in communities, states, and the international system; disequilibrium at all levels between shared challenges and needed interventions; adaptation and building societal consensus and trust toward collective action; and greater contestation regarding how emerging challenges may be addressed most effectively.

This event will feature a panel discussion including a report author and three University of Denver faculty who have contributed to previous and current Global Trends publications. The panel will evaluate this latest report and assess its findings related to theory and practice.



Erin Sikorsky: Deputy Director of the Center for Climate and Security (CCS); Director of the International Military Council on Climate and Security (IMCCS). Previously, she served as the Deputy Director of the Strategic Futures Group on the National Intelligence Council (NIC) in the US, where she co-authored the quadrennial Global Trends report and led the US intelligence community’s environmental and climate security analysis.

Deborah Avant: Professor; Director, Sié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security. Globally recognized scholar who contributed to previous Global Trends reports.

Cullen Hendrix: Professor; Nonresident Senior Fellow Peterson Institute for International Economics; Member, Political Instability Task Force and Africa Mission Center. Globally recognized scholar who contributed to previous Global Trends reports, including Global Trends 2040.

Jonathan D. Moyer: Assistant Professor; Director, Frederick S. Pardee Center for International Futures. Contributor to Global Trends 2025, 2030, 2040.


To register for this event, click here. 

You can access the entire Global Trends 2040: A More Contested World report here.