China/Middle East Update

A Political-Economic Conflict Seminar

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Program Description

In a real sense, China and the Middle East are undergoing profound transformations in which the weight of the past and aspirations for the future are shaping United States foreign policy in the 21st Century. Although the United States is less dependent on Middle Eastern oil than it was, the region remains crucial to the United States and our allies as we face continuing threats from powerful state and non-state actors who are attempting to undermine regional stability. The increasing rise of China as a global power, and its growing interests in the Middle East make the pairing of these two areas particularly apt. Drawing upon the knowledge and experience of prominent experts on China and the Middle East, this seminar will explore current social, political, economic, and security issues of interest to attendees from the Department of Defense.


Seminar Topics

  • China and India: Rising Giants of Asia
  • Overview of the South China Sea from a Regional Perspective
  • China and North Korea: A Tenuous Relationship with the Heart of Darkness
  • Understanding China’s Approach to Cyber Issues
  • Understanding China’s Economic Size and Reach
  • China on the Prowl: Becoming a Player in the Middle East and Africa
  • The Fragile Equilibrium of United States-China Relations
  • The Political and Economic Dynamics of the Iranian Challenge
  • The Rise of Political Islam: Consequences to United States Security and National Interests
  • Thoughts on American Leadership in the Middle East
  • Reform, Revolution and Civil War: Syria in the Shadow of Foreign Intervention

*The above topics may change to address current events 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 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.


Always appreciate the opportunity to come to one of these. Thanks for making us think and ask questions. A+

M.C., Air Force • China & East Asia Seminar May 2017

I came in skeptical…just another briefing. I leave smarter and appreciative of what I didn’t know.

M.R., Air Force • China & East Asia Seminar May 2016

Outstanding program! I’ve learned more over 3 days than in 7 years in the Pacific. Thank you for the worldview!

N.P., Air Force • China & East Asia Seminar May 2016

Outstanding seminar—excellent execution. I’m quite impressed by the knowledge and expertise of the speakers—especially the dissenting views/perspectives. Thank you!

K.H., Air Force • China & East Asia Seminar May 2017

This was my first opportunity to attend this type of seminar and I am very pleased with the subject matter experts and the location. Dr. Robert S. Wood is a very well-spoken Moderator. Thank You!

R.H., Air National Guard • China & East Asia Seminar May 2016