On June 24, the Institute for Peace and Diplomacy (IPD) will host ‘U.S. Perspectives on China and the Nature of the Chinese Challenge to U.S. National Interests.’ The virtual panel will be held from 1:00 PM ET – 2:30 PM ET and can be watched live on Zoom. Registration is required through this page.
The relationship between the United States and China has deteriorated to its lowest point in decades—complicated by a more confident China that is bolstered and proud of its economic success, a shift in the international system toward multipolarity and further exacerbated by the COVID 19 pandemic. In a new and timely series, IPD will attempt to examine the current landscape of U.S. China relations and identify possible paths to de-escalation.
The first panel will discuss current U.S. perspectives on China and the nature of the Chinese challenge to U.S. national interest amid growing talk of a “new Cold War” and hardening bipartisan consensus around the need to “confront” China. How should the U.S. conceive of and manage its relationship with Beijing? Is there room for cooperation and constructive engagement with a nation the Biden administration deems our most important strategic competitor? Is China really an “existential threat” for America and its way of life that must be “contained”, “deterred”, or “balanced” to secure the future of the liberal international order or could the U.S. foreign policy establishment and those of its allies learn to live and coexist with China as a great power? In a political climate where the perception of “threat” among policymakers and the public is often more consequential in formulating grand strategies and inciting escalatory cycles than realistic threat assessments would perhaps allow, panelists will consider the reasons (institutional, ideological, psychological, and strategic) behind the recent rise of hawkish attitudes toward China in the Anglosphere and assess the specter of “great power competition” that already promises to define this decade.
Doug Bandow: Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute. He worked as special assistant to President Ronald Reagan and editor of the political magazine Inquiry.
Douglas Macgregor: Retired U.S. Army Colonel, Senior Advisor to the Former U.S. Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller. Senior fellow with The American Conservative.
Lawrence Wilkerson: Retired United States Army Colonel and Former Chief of Staff to United States Secretary of State Colin Powell. Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Government & Public Policy at College of William and Mary.
Adam K Webb: American Co-Director, Hopkins-Nanjing Center. Resident Professor of Political Science at Johns Hopkins SAIS. Board member at the Simone Weil Center for Political Philosophy.
Kelley Vlahos: Senior Advisor, Quincy Institute
Registration is required through this page on Zoom