Globalism vs Sovereignty Seminar

Rivalry and the World Order in Transition

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Program Description

The institutions within which international affairs are conducted are overwhelmingly the product of great powers. Several important states still set the tone and define much of the competition in the international arena. There are diverse players, not all of them states, but in the final analysis a few great powers will define the norms and shape the political, economic, and social boundaries of the global stage.

At times, those powers, to secure broader interests, will bound their own strength within multilateral forums and limit their sovereign ability to act unilaterally. Such was the case in the 20th century, after two devastating wars, a deadly pandemic, and a global depression. Economic globalization has also introduced new complexities ranging from far-flung supply chains and the multinational company as a major non-state actor.

As the bipolar conflict with the Soviet Union unfolded after World War Two, the United States led the effort to define global rules and establish international agencies. The United States oversaw the construction of an array of multilateral institutions to include the United Nations, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and NATO.

This seminar addresses the debate as to whether or not the United States should act more unilaterally to secure American interests and less through traditional institutions. That debate now reverberates on the international stage. Drawing upon noted experts and analysts and through individual presentations and panels, this three-day seminar will explore the character of great power rivalries and the reassertion of national sovereignty and its likely evolution and impact in the future.

Areas to be covered are reflected in the topics below and may be changed to address current issues at the time of the seminar.


Seminar Topics

  • Globalism vs. Sovereignty: The Vital Issue of the Next Decade
  • The Changing World Order and the Crisis of Legitimacy
  • The Global Balance in 2022
  • The United Kingdom and Brexit: Renewed Global Role or Diminished Power
  • How Demography Will Define the Great Powers
  • The Four Transformational Challenges Facing 21st Century America
  • Revitalizing NATO and the Japanese-American Alliance
  • The Emerging Market Transformation and What it Means for the United States
  • Putin and the Revival of Russian Ambitions
  • The Chinese Dream: A Global Nightmare?
  • Securing American Interests: Is There a Continuing Role for the Great Multilateral Organizations?
  • The Range and Limits of the Chinese-Russian Alignment
  • The United States and Russia: Is Détente Possible?
  • The Shape of the European Union after Brexit, Pandemic, and Economic Crises
  • China, India, and Africa: a Strategic Triangle of Conflict
  • The Configuration of Power in the Pacific and Indian Ocean: A New Containment Strategy
  • Influencing North Korea and Great Power Competition
  • American Exceptionalism: Still a Driving Force?
  • The Rule of Law: The Constitution or International Norms

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 $2,250 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. 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.


Absolutely enjoyed the program's overall structure. The moderator did a great job of weaving the different topics

D. Merker, Air Force

Balanced program with multiple views on complex subjects—well worth my time!

W.B., Pentagon • Enterprise Perspective Seminar April 2015

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

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