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Great Power Competition: What Next? Global Hot Spots in 15 Minutes


Amb. Paula Dobriansky, Ph.D., Former Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs; Senior Fellow, Harvard University Belfer Center for Science & International Affairs; Leadership Council Member, Concordia
Amb. Robert O’Brien, Chairman, American Global Strategies

“The Chinese Communist Party is the greatest threat we’ve ever faced as a nation.”

– Amb. Robert O’Brien

“We’re very concerned about the Arctic as Russia builds bases and China shows interest in passageways there.” 

– Amb. Paula Dobriansky, Ph.D.

Key takeaways & next steps:

  • Ukraine’s success in facing challenges, such as the Russian invasion, depends on a collective alliance approach, involving the U.S., Germany, France, the UK, and others. Defensive weapons and support are crucial for Ukraine’s success. 
  • China, with its strong ideological government and global ambitions, is viewed as the greatest threat to the U.S. Its economic power, military expansion, and ideological influence are of significant concern. 
  • The U.S. needs to prioritize national security interests in the Arctic, including acquiring icebreakers to maintain a strong presence in the region. The lack of icebreakers poses a significant security risk. 
  • North Korea continues to be a challenge for U.S. policy, and its relationship with Russia and China complicates the situation. Diplomatic efforts have been inconsistent in addressing North Korea’s nuclear ambitions.