CPOST connects the academic and policy worlds by hosting conferences and workshops that bring together scholars and policymakers for a deep discussion of the world's most important issues. We have hosted multiple major conferences: discussing the future of the War on Terror (2010 on Capitol Hill), how to manage Asian security crises (2013 in Beijing, China and 2014 on Capitol Hill), how to bridge the gap between Chinese and American scholars (The Summer Institute), discussing the Standards for Humanitarian Intervention with the Council on Foreign Relations, and the second annual PKU-UChicago Institute in August 2015.

We have a major policy conference planned for May 16 to be held at the University of Chicago. "The Changing Terrorist Threat to the US" will attempt to define what the biggest terrorist threats to the US are, why they matter, and how we can best defend against them. By bringing politicians, the policy community, the business/tech world, and scholars together, we will go beyond partisanship and deliver clear, fact-based, recommendations to the new administration on ways forward and how we can evaluate our efforts. The conference will be an urgent non-partisan intervention into a discussion that inspires strong emotions across the political spectrum, but that has so far lacked a definitive answer.