Welcome to the inaugural forum discussion for the BIED Society's --International Affairs Academy-- The first week of September 2020 we are reviewing the National Security Strategy published in 2017. This is not a political discussion by a conversation on mechanics. What does this document mean? Why is it important? Let's look at older versions of this document? Why should we know what old versions look like, how did they impact the broader international community? We are super excited about this opportunity to learn together in a positive and supportive manner. Kindly be professional and listen to what others are saying. The goal is to grow your understanding of why this document is important, not convince others that your perspective is better. There are more than one perspective, lets embrace differences and promote learning new things in a helpful and supportive manner. Thank you.