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Changing Character of War Workshop (CCWW)

We are delighted to announce a call for applications to the Changing Character of War Workshop (CCWW), co-hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and the Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (JHU SAIS). 

Formerly known as the National Security Scholars and Practitioners Program (NSSPP), this workshop will take place from Monday, June 3 to Friday, June 7, 2024 at the Basin Harbor Club in Vergennes, Vermont. Applications will be collected through 11:59pm ET on Sunday, January 7, 2024

The CCWW gathers around 30 individuals in the mid-stage of their careers for a one-week workshop on the future of war and its implications for American strategy and force design. This year’s workshop will specifically focus on the changing character of maritime warfare. Participants will have the opportunity to engage with their peers, senior scholar-teachers, and distinguished practitioners in both the formal program and informal discussions. 

CSIS and the SAIS Merrill Center will cover all associated costs, including domestic economy travel, meals, and lodging for the duration of the program. If selected, participants must commit to attending the entire week (June 3-7, 2023) and to being an active participant in workshop preparation and discussions. Participants should expect substantial readings in advance and may be asked to give short presentations. 

Applicants must have a minimum of 10 years post-undergraduate work experience in national security, international affairs, or a related field. Participants will be selected to ensure a balance among several categories: government (including the Department of Defense, Department of State, National Security Council staff, and intelligence community); academia; business/private sector; and outside influencers (including think tanks, Federally Funded Research Centers, consulting firms, defense industry, and journalism). Beyond this, we encourage those who have unique experiences that may not fall strictly into the above categories to apply. 

Applications must include: 


  • A single PDF submitted via Google Forms

    • Statement of interest, which must directly address what aspects of a future maritime war you find most compelling and how your experience and expertise inform your thinking 

    • CV or resume 

  • One letter of recommendation, submitted by the recommender to 

All application materials must be received by 11:59pm ET on Sunday, January 7, 2024.

Please contact with all questions. 

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National Security Scholars and Practitioners Program, 2019 Cohort

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The workshop takes place on the shores of Lake Champlain, at Basin Harbor Club, Vergennes, VT.

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