The National Security Institute was excited to host the first two events in NSI 2020, our year-long project that will focus on two of America’s most pressing national security challenges: preserving U.S. technology innovation leadership and the rise of China.
On Wednesday, August 5, 2020, NSI hosted the launch of NSI 2020: China’s Rise – Confronting China’s Challenge to the World Order with Michèle Flournoy former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, and Ali Velshi, host, “Velshi”, MSNBC.
In the wake of the collapse of the Soviet Union, the United States was the world’s only superpower. At the time, in light of the failure of the world’s most powerful Communist regime and the preeminence of the Western powers, many predicted the end of competition amongst major states. Yet, over the past twenty years, as the United States and its allies have focused on battling radical Islamist terrorists around the world, China has focused on strengthening its economic power and enhancing its military might. Today, the United States’ role as the leader of the world is under threat.
This event featured a fireside chat with Ms. Flournoy and Mr. Velshi discussing the return of great power conflict and how the United States should respond to the challenge posed by an ascendant China.
Other Events in the NSI 2020 Series
On July 29, 2020, NSI hosted Representative Jim Langevin (RI-02) and David Sanger, National Security Correspondent and Senior Writer, New York Times, for the launch event of its Technology, Innovation, and American National Security – Preserving American Leadership in a New Decade project, the future of U.S. cyber strategy as outlined by the Cyberspace Solarium Commission’s recent report and how the U.S. government can respond to the recent Techlash without impairing US innovation, economic growth, and national security. For more information, click here.