Report of Proceedings: 4th Annual Sovereign Challenge Conference   [open pdf - 2MB]

"'Global Threats--Sovereign Solutions', the theme of the 4th Annual Sovereign Challenge Conference, focused the conferees on' Migration and Border Security, Transnational Crime', and 'Extremism' as threats to sovereignty and endeavored to create a dialogue to identify individual and group solutions. The United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), in association with the Joint Special Operations University (JSOU), proudly hosted this conference held 16-19 March 2009 in Destin, Florida. This booklet summarizes the very interesting and productive dialogue among senior military members and civilian diplomats of over 50 nations. Hallmarked by open and honest discussion, this conference stimulated participants to voice personal insights, perceptions, and as expected, disagreements. The global environment is complex, and all nations have a role in building and protecting sovereignty. These threats are not vulnerable to short-term strategies. This continuing dialogue, which we call Sovereign Challenge, is bringing us closer to the day when we can at the very least come to a mutual understanding of the existential threat we face as sovereign nations. As we begin to look at ways to counter these threats, it is clear our sovereignty can only be strengthened through the fuller understanding resulting from conversations undertaken in this conference and related events. Sovereign Challenge is a unique approach to solving the most important issue of our day. This conference and proceedings, as outlined in this report, bring us closer to that elusive goal of confronting those who would divide us and developing a comprehensive strategy that contributes to an international community of sovereign nations working together to effectively confront that threat."

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4th Annual Sovereign Challenge Conference. Destin, Florida. March 16-19, 2009
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