NSI 2020: Confronting China’s Challenge to the World Order Launch Event ft. Michèle Flournoy


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.

Speaker Bios

Michèle Flournoy

Michèle Flournoy

Michèle Flournoy is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of WestExec Advisors, and former Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), where she currently serves on the board.  Previously, Michèle served as the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy from February 2009 to February 2012. She was the principal advisor to the Secretary of Defense in the formulation of national security and defense policy, oversight of military plans and operations, ...
Ali Velshi

Ali Velshi

Ali Velshi is an anchor & correspondent with MSNBC. Most recently, he hosted “Ali Velshi On Target” a nightly prime-time show on Al Jazeera America that spoke truth to power through debate, interview and on-the-ground reporting. Ali has reported from the U.S. Presidential campaign trail, as well as covering ISIL and the Syrian refugee crisis from Turkey, the days leading up to the nuclear deal from Tehran, the tensions between Russia and NATO from Eastern ...


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.



On August 13, 2020, NSI hosted a virtual panel as part of its Technology, Innovation, and American National Security, to discuss how the U.S. government can address legitimate public concerns without impairing US innovation, economic growth, and national security.  For more information, click here.