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U.S. and Chinese Grand Strategy

Former Pacific Fleet Commander Admiral Scott Swift talks about the nature of strategic competition between the U.S. and China and the grand strategies they may be employing. This competition is less about global leadership and more about how the rules that govern that leadership are being challenged and modified. The annual IGCC Herb York Lecture honors the memory of the distinguished nuclear physicist. York was the founding chancellor of UC San Diego, first director of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, first chief scientist of the Advanced Research Projects Agency and founding director of the UC Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation. Published by University of California Television (UCTV) on January 30, 2019.

The Future of U.S. Strategic Competition with China

The Atlantic Council’s Asia Security Initiative, housed within the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, hosted a public panel discussion on forward-looking recommendations for the future of US-China relations and US strategy towards China. How should the United States and its allies work together to respond to China’s ongoing rise? What are the advantages and limits of the current US approach? Ultimately, can the United States and China be both strategic competitors and, at least in some areas, strategic cooperators at the same time? The Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security works to develop sustainable, nonpartisan strategies to address the most important security challenges facing the United States and the world. The Center honors General Brent Scowcroft’s legacy of service and embodies his ethos of nonpartisan commitment to the cause of security, support for US leadership in cooperation with allies and partners, and dedication to the mentorship of the next generation of leaders. Published by the Atlantic Council on July 25, 2019.


Soft Power, Influence, and Strategic Competition in Southeast Asia

A panel of experts considers the changing landscape of soft power in Southeast Asia. Participants included Asia Society Policy Institute's Lindsey Ford, Kenichi Nishikata of the World Bank Group, Natashya Gutierrez of VICE Media Asia, Rattaphol Onsanit of Voice of America, and Michael Fuchs of American Progress. Published by Asia Society on March 11, 2019.


Strategic Competition

Strategic Competition: The Rise of Persistent Presence and Innovation

Adversaries continue to increase in sophistication, magnitude, intensity, volume and velocity—endangering our national security interests and economic well-being. Threats have moved beyond exploitation and disruption to destruction and corrosion. Cyber-activity continues on a dynamic trajectory, security demands require expertise and investment only achieved by a whole of nation approach. Hear how NSA and USCYBERCOM use counterthreats to defend our nation. Speakers include Olivia Gazis, Intelligence and National Security Reporter, CBS News and General Paul Nakasone, United States Army, Commander, United States Cyber Command, National Security Agency (NSA). Published by RSA Conference on March 6, 2019.

Information Warfare

Sino-Russian Relations: Evolution, Prospects, and Challenges

Since the widening of Russia's rift with the West in 2014, relations between Russia and China have entered a new stage, characterized by a more robust political, military and economic cooperation. In spite of a number of problems and asymmetries in bilateral relations, the two states’ interdependence has been growing against the background of mounting tensions with Washington. Are the two countries moving closer to an alliance? What has been the balance between political, military and economic cooperation, and what challenges have emerged? What are the driving factors behind Russia's position on China's Belt and Road Initiative and what is the logic of the Greater Eurasian Partnership? Where do Russia's interests in Asia converge and diverge with those of China and what are the implications? Is there room for U.S.-Russia cooperation in Asia and what would that look like? Recorded Live by The Center for Strategic and International Studies on May 24, 2019.