China and the Far East Seminar

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Program Description

China has massively altered the strategic calculations of every nation on the perimeter of the Pacific and Indian Oceans, and beyond. Despite the rise of the Chinese state as a global economic power and political force, there is no doubt that Beijing faces numerous existential challenges that are often misunderstood by the West.

Yet China faces its own profound economic, cultural, and environmental challenges which are often overlooked or misunderstood in the West. For the United States the paramount foreign policy challenge is to understand and respond to the inevitable changes sweeping through the Indo-Pacific over the coming decades.

Drawing upon the knowledge and experience of a diverse group of prominent experts on China as well as East and South Asia this three-day area studies seminar will offer attendees the opportunity to discuss regional issues of moment in an informal off-the-record setting.

This program will address in detail the current changes sweeping through China and the Indo-Pacific and address, through discussions with a group of experts, the security challenges facing the Unites States Department of Defense in the coming years.


Seminar Topics

  • China’s Fundamental Challenge to the Global Order
  • U.S.-China Relations: Perilous Past, Dangerous Present
  • Japan and China: Destined for Confrontation?
  • Changing American Perceptions of China and the New Strategic Alternatives
  • Is China’s Monopoly on the New Silk Road Coming to an End?
  • China’s Economic Performance—A Reality Check
  • The Evolution of Chinese Commercial Interests in African Markets
  • The Push and Pull of U.S. China Trade
  • China’s Demographic Challenges in the Middle East
  • North Korea: Disruption or Opportunity on the Korean Peninsula
  • China on the Prowl: Becoming a Pacific Ocean Player?
  • China vs. India: Inside the World’s Next Great Strategic Competition
  • U.S.-China Relations: Perilous Past, Uncertain Present, Tense Future
  • Australia, Oceana, and the Balance of Power in the Pacific
  • South China and East China Seas: New Chinese Provocations
  • Culture, Revolution, Economics and the Future of Chinese Society
  • Japan and Russia: Ending China’s Monopoly on the New Silk Road
  • The United States, Japan, India, and Australia: Difficult Indo-Pacific Axis
  • The Transforming Belt and Road Initiative: Economic Failure and Ideological Reach
  • Is ASEAN a New Strategic Pivot Point in the Indo-Pacific?
  • China and Taiwan: Continual Hotspot
  • Enter the Dragon: China’s Middle East Challenge to the United States

The above topics may change to address current events and interests of the participants at the time of the seminar.


The Program Moderator will have extensive experience conducting senior-level foreign policy seminars for the Intel Community. The Moderator will have first-hand knowledge and a detailed, up-to-date understanding of the region being studied in each seminar. In addition to the daily morning introduction and afternoon wrap-up, the Moderator will generally make a separate presentation and be available to provide additional presentations as needed. The Moderator will facilitate, when necessary, dialogue between the speakers and participants as well as lead the group discussions and Q&A sessions.



The fee for each three-day Foreign Policy Seminar is $2,250 per person. The program will feature approximately 12-15 separate presentations. Also included are daily continental breakfasts and working luncheons. The seminar will be held in a private meeting room. An on-site staff person will assist participants as needed and coordinate daily activities.



The target audience for these seminars are civilians (GS-15 and above) and military (O-6 and above). Others who have a special interest in the subject, need-to-know, or are in key positions may apply. Seminar space is limited to assure participants have ample time for open discussion with presenters. Upon registration, attendees will receive confirmation via email within five days. Cancellations will be accepted in writing up to two weeks prior to each program. After that time, substitutions will be accepted. The Agency will be billed if registration is cancelled after the deadline.

If you have any questions or need further information, please call the office at 703-684-8807.


Additional Information

Reporting information will be sent to all participants approximately two weeks prior to the start of the program.

These programs are informal and strictly “off-the-record.” No video, PowerPoint or audio-visual aids are utilized in the presentations.


Fantastic program; great approach to the group in providing interesting/informative, though-provoking information. The day has been well worth my time.

P.Z., Joint Enabling Capabilities Command • Professional Development Course February 2017

Facilities, organization and speakers were superior. One of the best educational experiences I have had.

W.J., Air Force • National and International Secuirty Leadership Seminar March 2017

Absolutely enjoyed the program's overall structure. The moderator did a great job of weaving the different topics

D. Merker, Air Force

Really Outstanding, will highly recommend to others. Highly professional, thoughtful and experienced classmates greatly added to my positive experience in this class.

W. Smith, Pentagon

Very interesting group of speakers! Best seminar/program I’ve attended in 34 + years.

P.F., Air Force • Leadership in a Transformational Age Seminar July 2016