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Great Power Competition in the Twenty-First Century

Great power competition has returned to the global center stage. The contours, dynamics, and characteristics of this new rivalry, primarily between the United States, China, and Russia, but also to a lesser extent with other emerging power centers, will be very different from what took place in the twentieth century.

While scholarship on this latest iteration of great power competition is emerging, much of the work is on military, diplomatic, and hard power aspects. Little attention has so far been paid to the technological, economic, and domestic dynamics.

The multi-year project brings together scholars from political science, international relations, security studies, political economy, and area studies from four UC campuses and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) to look closely at the intersection of economics, strategy, security, technology, and politics in this dynamic scenario.

The project is funded by a grant from the University of California Office of the President Laboratory Fees Research Program.


Four inter-related research modules are led by principal investigators from UC Berkeley, UC Irvine, UCLA, and UC San Diego with support from the Center for Global Security Research at LLNL.

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The project provides many opportunities for students, especially at the graduate level, to take part in collaborative activities that will help them hone their academic skills and boost their professional development.

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