President Paul Kagame via video conference joined hundreds of delegates gathered in Doha, Qatar for a three-day Global Security Forum (GSF) organized by The Soufan Center.
According to organisers, the forum deliberations are being conducted under the theme; “Reshaping the Global Order: Conflict, Crises, and Cooperation.”
While inaugurating this 5th Global Security Forum Qatar’s Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al-Thani indicated that success in overcoming various challenges remains dependent on the ability of all countries to adhere to basic principles agreed upon by all countries like justice, equality, solidarity, and the rejection of double standards.
He added that the politicization of basic goods such as energy, water and medicine is no less dangerous for the most vulnerable peoples from the effects of wars and conflicts.
The three-day event has brought together government officials, policymakers, academics, journalists, security practitioners (military, intelligence, and law enforcement professionals), and the world’s leading subject matter experts to share insights on topics ranging from the global energy crisis to great power competition.
This year’s panel discussions will also cover the war in Ukraine, the spectrum of conflict in Africa, developments in Iraq and Afghanistan, the evolution of global terrorism and emerging threats, the role of international actors like the United Nations as well as local communities and cities, and the impact of online threats on global security.
This forum features global leaders including the President Kagame of Rwanda, the Senior Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security of Singapore, and the Chairperson of the African Union Commission.
To set the scene for the 2023 Global Security Forum, The Soufan Center organized a GSF Event on the margins of the opening of the 77th UN General Assembly this past September in partnership with the Center on National Security at Fordham Law School.
Previous GSFs have focused on topics including foreign terrorist fighters, disinformation, COVID-19, and the cooperation-versus-competition paradigm.
The event’s prior findings and recommendations have been presented at the UN, the European Union, the Global Counterterrorism Forum, the Global Coalition Against ISIS, and other prominent forums.
Since launching in 2018, the annual gathering has convened thousands of officials and experts in-person and online from dozens of countries, offering a unique opportunity for global decisionmakers and governments to discuss the world’s most pressing security challenges.