Three decades after the fall of the Berlin Wall, our leaders increasingly realize that our power, position, and principles are under assault from adversaries we had once hoped to transform into friends. In 2020-2021, the Security & Strategy Seminar will consist of three separate, simultaneous year-long seminars, each focused on a different strategic challenger to the United States: the People’s Republic of China, Vladimir Putin’s Russia, and the Islamic Republic of Iran. Although the nature of the competition and relevant factors differ for each adversary, each seminar’s framing questions will remain the same:

  • What are America’s goals, and how do we achieve them?

  • What does the strategic competition look like? What are we competing over?

  • What do we need to understand about our adversary in order to achieve our goals?

Taught by leading scholars in the field, each SSS will consist of 15 evening sessions that meet from September-May and will afford participating fellows an opportunity to gain a breadth of knowledge on critical subjects, forge relationships with senior scholars and practitioners, sharpen analytical frameworks through written and oral arguments, and build a cohort with their peers. Fellows will be responsible for around 50 pages of reading for each session and will be required to write two short essays over the course of the program. Each seminar will meet on the same designated day of the week from 6:00 pm-8:00 pm ET. If the ongoing public health crisis prevents in-person gatherings, SSS will operate via virtual platforms.

These seminars are held in conjunction with the Alexander Hamilton Society and the Public Interest Fellowship.

Stephen Rosen on Strategic Competition

Security & Strategy Seminars

U.S.-China Strategic Competition

Take an in-depth look at the new era of strategic competition between the United States and China.

U.S.-Iran Strategic Competition

Explore the challenges Iran presents to the United States, from its nuclear program to its regional ambitions.

U.S.-Russia Strategic Competition

Consider the nature of the Russian challenge to the United States.

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