Great Power Competition Series ft. Secretary Mark T. Esper


The Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations, The McCain Institute for International Leadership at ASU and ASU Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law present a series of renowned speakers on Great Power Competition.

The U.S. security strategy has focused on the global war on terrorism since the attacks of September 11, 2001 and while terrorism still exists, the past two administrations have identified Great Power Competition as the political construct guiding U.S. foreign policy. The decline of U.S. global influence, competition from a rising China and a revanchist Russia is the new principle threat of Great Power Competition.

While the Cold War showcased the ideological battle between democracy and communism, the dissolution of the Soviet Union put an end to the threat of communism. However, democracy is under increased threat and China with its state controlled economy and Beijing and Moscow’s increasingly heavy-handed authoritarian systems is challenging democracy. In 2017, then Defense Secretary James Mattis proclaimed that “great-power competition—not terrorism—is now the primary focus of U.S. national security.”

Join us for our first series speaker:
Secretary Mark T. Esper
Former Secretary of Defense and the Army
Join us as Secretary Mark T. Esper discusses Great Power Competition and the U.S. role and balance of power in the Indo-Pacific, China and Taiwan, and the state of global power politics.


111 E Taylor St
Phoenix , AZ


ASU Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law


February 15, 2022


6:00pm MST