NSI 2020: Geopolitical Competition in the Indo-Pacific



The National Security Institute was excited to host the next event in our China’s Rise: Confronting China’s Challenge to the World Order project.

In recent weeks, tensions between the United States and China have flared with both governments imposing sanctions and Chinese fighter jets encroaching on Taiwanese airspace during a visit of U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar to Taiwan.  On top of these tensions, China continues to pressure its regional neighbors to accept its sovereignty claims in the South China Sea and Chinese and Indian troops have clashed on their shared border.

On Tuesday August 25, 2020, NSI hosted a fireside chat between Randall Schriver, former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs, and Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian, China Reporter at Axios, to discuss how the U.S. can work with like-minded allies in the region to deter growing Chinese aggression and influence and face China’s long-term challenges to the international rules-based order.


This event featured:

Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian
is the China reporter at Axios. Before joining Axios, Bethany served as the lead reporter for the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists’ China Cables project, a major leak of classified Chinese government documents revealing the inner workings of mass internment camps in Xinjiang. Previously, Bethany was an editor and contributing reporter at Foreign Policy magazine and a national security reporter at The Daily Beast. Bethany spent four years in China. She is now based in Washington, DC.



The Honorable Randall G. Schriver is Chairman of the Board at The Project 2049 Institute. Most recently, Mr. Schriver served as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs from January 8, 2018 to December 31, 2019.  Previously, Mr. Schriver served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs. From 2001 to 2003, he served as Chief of Staff and Senior Policy Advisor to the Deputy Secretary of State. From 1994 to 1998, he worked in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, including as the senior official responsible for the day-to-day management of U.S. bilateral relations with the People’s Liberation Army and the bilateral security and military relationships with Taiwan.