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SWAC: Richard Fontaine: The U.S. and China in an Era of Competition
The U.S. and China are competing to shape the rules and values of the 21st century. At stake is whether the prevailing international order endures, or whether Beijing’s vision—a world defined by great power spheres of influence, state-driven economic interactions, and creeping authoritarianism—will become the global reality.

The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) is an independent, bi- partisan, non-profit organization that aims to engage policy makers, experts, and the public by providing fact-based national security and defense policy options. Its policies have been acted upon by both Republican and Democratic leaders both in the Executive Branch and Congress. A comprehensive U.S.- China strategy is critically important, and CENAS can provide strategic choices for the U.S. that will lead to a pragmatic, principled, and integrated policy. In 2020, its Asia-Pacific Security Program has been focusing on blunting China’s digital expansion and addressing Beijing’s growing diplomatic and economic footprint in the Middle East.

Before coming to the CNAS in 2009, Mr. Fontaine was foreign policy advisor to Senator John McCain and worked at the State Department, the National Security Council, and on the staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. At the State Department, he worked in the office of Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage and in the department’s South Asia bureau. Mr. Fontaine currently serves as Executive Director of the Trilateral Commission and has been an adjunct professor in the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.

Nov 17, 2020 06:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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