China and the Indo-Pacific Seminar

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Program Description

For the United States to maintain its global position and domestic security, it must understand and respond to the tectonic changes causing upheaval throughout the Indo-Pacific.

China’s economic and military expansionism has fundamentally altered the strategic calculations of every nation in the region, and beyond. Alliances and partnerships are being tested and zones of influence are being redrawn.

At the same time, Beijing faces numerous existential challenges of its own, including economic, demographic, and environmental instability, which are often overlooked or misunderstood in the West.

Drawing upon the knowledge and experience of a diverse group of prominent experts on China and the Indo-Pacific, this three-day area studies seminar will offer attendees the opportunity to discuss this critical and fast changing region in an informal off-the-record setting.

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


Suggested Seminar Topics

  • China’s Fundamental Challenge to the Global Order
  • Japan and China: Destined for Confrontation?
  • The Pacific Islands in China’s Grand Strategy
  • South Korea and Japan: Fighting Each Other or Fighting Together
  • What is India Thinking
  • Russia as an Indo-Pacific Power
  • 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
  • China on the Prowl: Becoming a Pacific Ocean Player?
  • China vs. India: Inside the World’s Next Great Strategic Competition
  • South China and East China Seas: New Chinese Provocations
  • Culture, Revolution, Economics and the Future of Chinese Society
  • China and Taiwan: Is Ukraine a Harbinger?
  • Enter the Dragon: China’s Middle East and African Challenges to the United States
  • The Chinese-Russian Partnership: An Access of Global Authoritarianism
  • The Heart of Darkness: North Korea—Past, Present, and Future
  • Enter the Dragon: China’s Middle East and Africa Challenges 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 $2,475 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.


Felt like “Neo” in the Matrix—mass influx of expert information in a concise and rapid-fire format. Awesome!

J.P., Air Force • National and International Secuirty Leadership Seminar May 2015

The speakers were excellent & the seminar was well-organized. I would definitely attend a future Alan Freed event.

S.F., Department of Homeland Security • Global Security Seminar February 2017

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

The exposure to these experts and their wide and varied opinions was fascinating for me. Making sense of the world we live in and overlaying that with U.S. national security interests is the “Kobayashi Maru” of our time…loved it!!!

T.K., Air Force • National and International Secuirty Leadership Seminar March 2017

The experience and breadth of knowledge of all the speakers was spectacular. Their chosen topics for discussion were absolutely relevant to this audience and we were provided several themes that help to guide our planning assumptions.

J.C., Joint Enabling Capabilities Command • Professional Development Course February 2017