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Great Power Dynamics Training Course

Great power strategic competition has returned to the global stage and the consequences for international peace, stability, and prosperity will be profound. What are the geoeconomic and geostrategic contours and characteristics of this new rivalry? Who are the main contestants and what are the key areas of competition?

Hybrid Training Course on Great Power Dynamics

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The UC Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC) Hybrid Training Course on Great Power Dynamics provides graduate students with the opportunity to explore the origins, nature, external and domestic sources, and long-term implications of great power dynamics. This program, which will take place between August 2021 and January 2022, combines virtual training with research and writing, and culminates in a workshop in La Jolla where students present their research to leading experts in the field.

All students accepted to the program will qualify for a full grant that will cover tuition, travel, lodging, and meals. Funding is generously supported by the UC National Laboratory Fees Research Program.


Listen to Lectures from the 2020 Virtual Mini-series

Did you miss the Great Power Competition in the 21st Century virtual mini-series? You can listen to the lectures here. Tune in to hear experts weigh in on the evolving role of economic statecraft, security challenges, the Chinese techno-security state under Xi Jinping and what the future holds for Chinese-American competition.

Listen to the lectures:

The Nature and Dynamics of Great Power Competition: The Security Dimension
With Brad Roberts, director, Center for Global Security Research at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California.

GPS · Great Powers - Brad Roberts

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Economic State Craft & Great Power Competition
With Vinod Aggarwal, Travers Family Senior Faculty Fellow and Professor in the Department of Political Science, Affiliated Professor in the Business and Public Policy group in the Haas School of Business, and Director of the Berkeley Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Study Center at UC at Berkeley.

GPS · Great Powers - Vinod Aggarwal

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The Chinese National Security and Techno-Security State
With Tai Ming Cheung, Director, IGCC and Professor, School of Global Policy and Strategy, UC San Diego.

GPS · Great Powers - Tai Ming Cheung

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U.S. Grand Strategy: Is There One?
With Thomas Mahnken, President, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments.

GPS · Great Powers - Tom Mahnken

The Great Power Competition series is part of a multi-year project, funded by a grant from the University of California Office of the President Laboratory Fees Research Program, that 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 University of California has managed the Los Alamos and Lawrence Livermore Laboratories since 1943. IGCC was established in 1982, to study questions of peace and security, and promote nuclear arms control and curb proliferation, in addition to the work being done in the laboratories. A significant portion of IGCC research since 1980s has focused on understanding these security issues.