In conjunction with the NESA Washington Embassy Orientation Seminar, the NESA Center hosted a Washington Seminar Luncheon, “U.S. Defense Priorities in an Era of Great Power Competition”, at the Army Navy Club in Washington, D.C. on October 10. The luncheon featured Dr. Michael J. Mazarr, a Senior Political Scientist at the RAND Corporation who previously served as Assistant Dean of Academics at the National War College and as Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The luncheon was attended by participants of the Washington Embassy Orientation Seminar as well as select officials from NESA partner country embassies. Dr. Mazarr challenged the notion that a ‘Great Power Competition’ truly exists at present, though he did express that the United States will never again enjoy the unipolar position it held immediately following the collapse of the Soviet Union. Participants were keenly interested in the United States’ role on the global stage vis-à-vis the political and military ascent of China and Russia. Additionally, participants were interested in the Trump Administration’s foreign policy approach and expressed a general perception that it is lacking foresight and respect for traditional security alliances. The discussion was moderated by NESA Professor Brianne Todd.