Great Power Competition Course

The University of South Florida Executive Education Program will administer a Great Power Competition Course that will complement and expand the Inaugural GPC Conference topics and proceedings. 

The modern landscape has become defined by international competition in terms of political, economic, military and social power. Since the end of the Second World War, the global stage has been dominated by American power and influence. However, the common era can be seen as a shifting landscape of power, where there are a great many new players vying for the top. The modern era can be seen as being defined by the Great Power Competition, a competition for power between the United States and rival powers, China and Russia, through military, political, and economic means. Though the main tension is between the three main players, this does not mean that there are no other players in the game. Countries such as Iran, Saudi Arabia, Brazil, Mexico, the United Kingdom, and many others have stakes and claims for regional power, which all influence actions of states and the private sector on the world stage.

The Executive Education Great Power Competition Course is a two-day dynamic and interactive course that provides practical policy-oriented practitioner's experience to participants who desire to enhance their understanding of the Great Power Competition. It will focus on the analysis of the Great Powers: the United States, China, and Russia as well as an analysis of the major Regional Powers, such as Iran. The course will perform a stakeholder analysis of the projects of the Great Powers, such as China’s Belt and Road Initiative, and an examination as to the importance of Afghanistan on the world stage and to the Great Power Competition. This is a course designed for participants who have military, government, or private sector experience. The Great Power Competition Course will examine the implications of the Great Power Competition on the United States in political, security, and economic terms.

Two-Day Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be capabable of the following:

  • Understand basic principles of the Great Power Competition
  • Analyze key stakeholders and players in terms of power, interests, and influence
  • Examine China’s Belt and Road Initiative, Afghanistan’s Peace Process, and Iran’s regional ambitions. 

Core Competencies Addressed

  • Political Savvy
  • Conflict Management
  • Communications
  • Negotiations 

For more information, please contact:

Adib Farhadi, Ph.D.. Assistant Professor, University of South Florida

Faculty Director of Executive Education, farhadi@usf.edu