Great Power Competition

A Political-Economic Conflict Seminar

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Field Programs

In FY20, Alan L. Freed Associates is offering a menu of one-day field programs that can be presented at military installations around the United States. The format for each field program is identical to the programs held on Capitol Hill. Please note that each program can be modified to address specific areas of concern to individual agencies/organizations.


Program Description

In contemporary terms, great powers are those whose interests, aspirations, and influence have global reach. International stability depends to a high degree on the domestic, socio-economic and political forces at work within the great powers themselves.

In 2020, China, Russia, and the United States are clearly the dominant powers. Japan, India, and the association of states in Western and Central Europe are also significant players. Yet is must be understood that in a globalized world there is a profound degree of complex social, economic, and political interconnectivity of the great power adversaries and will be the driving force behind capability development in subsequent decades in the 21st century.

With a distinguished panel of experts, this seminar will explore both the clash and convergence of interests of the great powers, the alignments they have forged, and the domestic roots of their interactions. Most importantly, the seminar will consider the nature of the international order which is likely to emerge from the current struggle for global mastery.


Seminar Topics

  • North Korea and Great Power Competition
  • The Chinese Dream and the Global Nightmare
  • Demography and the Great Powers’ Destiny
  • Japan: Punching Below its Weight?
  • The Islamic Jihad, Iranian Aspirations, and Great Power Calculations
  • China, India and Africa—A Strategic Triangle of Conflict
  • American Exceptionalism: a Faint Shadow or a Dynamic Force
  • NATO: Transfixed or Transfigured?
  • The Digital Revolution and the Changing Technology of Conflict
  • Brexit, Open Borders, Competition and a Failure of Governance in the EU?
  • MAD, Proliferation, and the Meaning of the Nuclear Balance in the 21st Century
  • Russia as a Destabilizing Force in the International System



A minimum purchase of two one-day programs is required. Please call 703-684-8807 to obtain further information about a field program at your facility.

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

D. Merker, Air Force

End-to-end, an amazing group of speakers, with most diverse backgrounds. I could listen to each of the speakers for hours on end. Their collective knowledge is truly incredible.

M. Chi, Defense Acquisition University - San Diego

Great speakers with decades of experience. Really appreciate the experience and perspectives.

Attendee, Joint Enabling Capabilities Command • Professional Development Course February 2017

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

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

Exceptionally relevant topics and highly-credentialed speakers; very thought-provoking, in a great way; all speakers were appropriate as were the topics. As well-run and organized a class/course as I’ve ever been to.

B.K., Air Force • National and International Secuirty Leadership Seminar February 2017