The 2018 National Defense Strategy was the first time the Pentagon identified China as the organizing focus of U.S. defense policy. Elbridge Colby, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy and Force Development, was a key architect of that document.

In this seminar, based on Colby’s new book, The Strategy of Denial, fellows will explore how America’s defense strategy must change to counter China’s growing power and ambition.

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Elbridge Colby on the Sources of Chinese Conduct


Elbridge Colby

Elbridge Colby is co-founder and principal of The Marathon Initiative, a policy initiative focused on developing strategies to prepare the United States for an era of sustained great power competition. He is the author of The Strategy of Denial: American Defense in an Age of Great Power Conflict (Yale University Press, 2021). Previously, Colby was from 2018-2019 the Director of the Defense Program at the Center for a New American Security, where he led the Center’s work on defense issues.

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