China, the Middle East and Europe Update

A Political-Economic Conflict Seminar

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This three-day seminar will thus consider the geopolitical, economic, and social forces shaping Europe, China, and the Middle East. By providing an analysis of each region, not only will the participants in the seminar appreciate the forces and events at play in Europe, China, and the Middle East, but better understand the dynamics currently dividing global geopolitics.



The rise of China in the late 20th and 21st centuries as a global economic engine and international power may be the defining geopolitical fact of our time. This ascent has not been without challenges to its governing elite and tumult in the life of its citizens. This one-day segment will focus on current issues to include: the growing tension between the Marxist-Maoist ideology and the pragmatic promise of rising living standards generated through market forces; the expanding territorial claim to seas adjacent to China and assertions of political predominance over it neighbors; the continuous growth in the professionalism, sophistication, and reach of the Chinese military; the aging of the population and the demographic disequilibrium between men and women; the relation with old friends, such as North Korea and Cambodia; old enemies, such as Japan; and wary neighbors, such as India, Vietnam, Indonesia the Philippines; and finally the management of the cooperative-adversarial relationship with the United States.

The Middle East

Seldom known for tranquility, the Middle East is undergoing extraordinary turmoil with few, if any, zones of peace. This one-day segment will concentrate particularly on critical elements defining the contemporary Middle East to include: the relation between the internal political-economic development in four key countries—Egypt, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey; the Syrian civil war with its quarter of a million casualties, displacement of populations, and destabilization of its neighbors; the rise of ISIS and its impact on states within the region; the competition between Iran and Saudi Arabia and the associated Sunni-Shia divide; the state of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and its relation to the turmoil in the Arab-Persian Islamic world; the decline of American influence and the rise of Russian influence; the short and long-term consequence of the Iranian nuclear agreement; the increasing influence of the Kurds and its effect on Turkey’s role in combating ISIS and the Assad regime; the impact of the slow-down in the global economy; and the increasing evidence of Chinese interests in the area.


Europe is currently being molded by fundamental and sometimes contradictory forces. This one-day segment will consider the scope and intensity of various factors that are shaping the European political landscape to include: the global economic slow-down and the gaps in economic growth and productivity within the European Union and among the states of East, West, and Central Europe; an increase in nationalism and populist movements on both the left and the right; the decline in religious faith and trust in traditional institutions; declining fertility coupled with the extraordinary pressure of massive immigration from the Middle East and Africa; the reassertion of Russian revanchism and renewed claims to global influence; the potential fragmentation of established states and the withdrawal from or attenuation of ties with the European Union.


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.


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

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

K. Buckley, Air Force

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

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