Great Power Competition


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The inaugural Great Power Competition Conference

The University of South Florida (USF), in collaboration with the National Defense University Near East South Asia (NESA) Center for Strategic Studies, will hold a series of conferences focused on the Great Power Competition in the Central Region to provide a broader understanding of the challenges facing the United States in the 21st Century.


The inaugural conference, to be held January 29-30, 2020 at the University of South Florida's Tampa campus, will provide a forum for strategic thinkers, scholars, leaders, and subject matter experts to discuss, collaborate, and provide perspectives on each of the Great Powers' ability to influence the political, security, and economic issues in the Central Region. 

The Great power Competition NARRATIVE

The Great Game

The Great Power Competition. Photo courtesy of tradingyourownway

Once a central point of competition in the 19th Century "Great Game" between the Russian and British Empires, with Afghanistan as the "pull-and-tug" buffer zone, the Greater Central and South Asia regions have once again become the theater for a great power competition for influences, resources, and interests with the new actors involving the Global Powers: the United States, China, and Russia along with the Regional Powers: Iran, India, Pakistan, Turkey, and the Central Asia and Arab countries. Read More...

The USF-NESA Collaboration

The USF-NESA Collaboration leads the initiative on the Great Power Competition Conference.  Read More...