China, Russia and North Korea Seminar

A Political-Economic Conflict Seminar

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Program Description

Three of the most important geopolitical and economic challenges facing the United States are China and Russia—nuclear superpowers seeking to reassert themselves globally—and North Korea, whose nuclear missile development program not only threatens their neighbors, but potentially the United States itself.

The persistent rise of China, not only as a global economic power, but as a major geopolitical force, military power, and diplomatic presence, has altered the calculations of virtually every state on the Pacific perimeter. There is no question that the emergence of China as a global power will test the wisdom and skill, as well as the tenacity and agility of the United States.

Russia’s continuing military modernization, pressures on its immediate neighbors and intervention in Ukraine and Georgia have raised tensions throughout Europe. Moscow’s support of the hardline regimes in Iran, Syria, Nicaragua, and Venezuela continue to make detente between the U.S. and Russia a challenge.

Successive administrations have sought to rein in North Korea’s nuclear ambitions and regional menace— with no success. In the latest bold gambit, President Trump met with Kim Jong-un. While legitimizing North Korean rule as never before, the President hoped that initiative, combined with intensive sanctions, would bring Pyongyang to a fundamental agreement and tempter their never-ending aggressive behavior.

Drawing upon leading experts and practitioners, this three-day seminar will examine the tri-fold threat of a rising China, a revanchist Russia, and a nuclear-armed North Korea. It will look at each, not only as an independent but also interdependent challenge.


Seminar Topics

  • China’s Rise and Its Challenges to the Global Order
  • Understanding China’s Economic Size and Reach
  • China and North Korea—Open Discussion
  • North Korea: Exploring the Heart of Darkness
  • Chinese Military, Space and Security Issues
  • Why Japan’s Relations with China, North Korea and Beyond Matter
  • Russian Security Challenges to Europe
  • Russia-China Relations in a Multi-Polar World
  • Russia, Iran and Revolution in the Middle East
  • Power and Wealth: Politics, Economics and the Changing Demographics in Russia
  • Russia and Domestic Politics in Europe and the United States
  • The Real U.S. Trade War with China: Who’s Winning?
  • The Korean Peninsula, Taiwan, and the South China Sea
  • U.S.-Russia Relations Beyond Helsinki
  • The Fall of the Soviet Union and the Rise of Socialism in the 21st Century

*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. In order for the course to be held a minimum of 20 registrants are required.

If you have any questions or need further information, please call the office 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, Silver 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.


Very good program; all the speakers provided excellent presentations and were very informative. The venue is also very nice. I look forward to future seminars

A.O., Customs & Border Protection • China & East Asia Seminar April 2014

Superb program as usual! Excellent choice of speakers who covered a broad range of topics. Their expertise was apparent.

L.C., 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

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