Executive Seminar: Strategic Power Competition in a Multipolar World
From 5–16 December 2022, the Near East South Asia (NESA) Center for Strategic Studies hosted an Executive Seminar (ES) titled “Strategic Power Competition in a Multipolar World.” The virtual seminar’s focus on strategic power competition helped define what “global power” and “competition” mean. It also identified challenges the United States faces in this new era of competition, especially from Russia and China, and from non-state actors and violent extremist organizations.
The conference included presentations by scholars and practitioners on strategic power competition topics such as the war on terrorism, the military, professional military education (PME), pandemics and the global economy, and maritime security. Other topics included competition in the arctic region, weaponizing and disinformation, and competition in space, as well as case studies on China, Russia, Iran, and Turkey (Türkiye).
Course Director Dr. Michael Sharnoff and his colleagues, NESA Center Professors Ali Jalali and Dan Curfiss, moderated the sessions. After each presentation, about 30-45 mins was reserved for moderated discussion that was off-the-record (under Chatham House rules of non-attribution) where participants were encouraged to openly contribute to the discussion. The ES seminar was an excellent opportunity for professionals from the region to listen, engage, debate, question, and discuss what these competitive dynamics mean for them. Fifty participants from twenty-one countries joined the seminar.
Read about the last ES the NESA Center hosted earlier this year in July–August 2022.