China, Middle East and South Asia Seminar

A Political-Economic Conflict Seminar

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The three-day China, Middle East and South Asia Seminar will cover the profound political, economic, and social transformations sweeping these regions. Throughout much of history, China, the Middle East and South Asia have been the scene of epic struggles. They remain so today. The rapid transformations of China and India, coupled with the growing unrest in the Middle East, make the pairing of these areas particularly apt. This three-day executive level seminar will address America’s military role in these regions and examine likely policies to enhance our economic and diplomatic influence in these volatile and unpredictable regions. The China, Middle East and South Asia Seminar will combine the knowledge of scholars, journalists and policymakers. Talks are informal and off-the-record. Ample time will be allowed for question-and-answer sessions with each speaker.


  • Policy Choices in East Asia:  Harsh Realities, Alliances, and Strategic Ambiguities
  • China, Japan, and the U.S. in the Asian Century:  Three Tigers – One Mountain
  • Understanding China’s Economic Competitiveness and Reach
  • Interagency Review of U.S. Policy in the Middle East
  • The Syrian Civil War:  The Internal Battle and Regional Geopolitics
  • The Collapse of Arab Civilization:  The Barbarians Within Our Gates
  • After the Nuclear Deal:  Which Iran Will Flourish?
  • Wither Saudi Arabia?  Politics, Economics, and Regional Turmoil
  • Afghanistan and Pakistan:  Lawlessness and the Forgotten Front
  • The Arc of Crisis:  The Rise of Political Islam
  • America’s Quandary in South Asia:  Understanding the New Strategic Dynamics
  • Why India is Not a Great Power (Yet)
  • Pakistan, Afghanistan and the U.S. — The Future of a Trouble Region
  • China and India:  The Intensifying Conflict Over African Resources




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 at the Capitol Hill Club. 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 Iris Fernandez or Patricia Patton at 703-684-8807.

Additional Information


The Foreign Policy Seminars will be held in a private meeting room at the Capitol Hill Club, located at 300 First Street SE, Washington, DC. The Club is directly across the street from the Capitol South Metro Station (Blue and Orange Lines). Business attire for participants is required.

Reporting information concerning registration time and meeting room assignment will be sent to all participants approximately two weeks prior to the start of each program. The seminar meeting room will open at 7:45 am and seminars will be conducted from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.

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

Format is terrific! Lots of speakers from across government enterprise and no power points. Plenty of time for engaging dialogue. I love to hear what experts and insiders have to say about out WDC enterprise.

J. Haywood, Wright Patterson Air Force Base

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

Excellent course, provided me some valuable insight into important issues. I leave here better equipped as a leader.

H. Hutchison, Air Force

This is the best and most informative array of speakers I have ever had the pleasure to hear!

K. Buckley, Air Force

Truly outstanding insight/superior historical background and great stories born throughout scars of experience; I attended National War College and they are known for great speakers/first-hand experience - yours were better. Huge thanks; extremely well done!

M. Weaver, Wright Patterson Airforce Base