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Academic Workshops, Dialogues and Events


The CCC stages numerous workshops and tabletop exercises that contribute both to research and policymaking efforts. Track II, or unofficial, bilateral dialogue meetings between the U.S. and other countries strengthen relationships and increase mutual understanding with key international players. Forward-looking academic workshops inform policy guidance by applying social science perspectives to enduring security issues. Over the last several years, we have engaged diverse scholars, policy makers, and thought leaders in Russia, China, India, Pakistan, Turkey, Brazil, South Africa, Indonesia, and many others.

The Center on Contemporary Conflict has built a strong reputation for producing research, workshops, dialogues, and other events of importance to our national security.

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The Center on Contemporary Conflict


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As the principal research wing of the Naval Postgraduate School's Department of National Security Affairs, the Center on Contemporary Conflict (CCC) contributes to the expansion of knowledge on critical security issues—especially current and emerging threats to U.S. national security and that of its allies—and is uniquely positioned to form a bridge between academia, policy makers, and military personnel.


In addition to conducting federally sponsored research, the CCC supports federal missions by managing programs and facilitating federal sponsorships for other private institutions. Historically, our largest such effort was the Project on Advanced Systems and Concepts for Countering WMD (PASCC), which was housed at NPS until the end of FY2016. CCC served as the program planning and implementation office, research center, and intellectual clearinghouse for the execution of analysis and future-oriented studies and dialogues for DTRA-Strategies and Plans. We cultivated interconnected national and international strategic research community partnerships and supported scientific, technical and social science experts to look well into the future to help understand and anticipate WMD/WME capabilities.