The University of South Florida (USF), in partnership with the National Defense University’s Near East and South Asia (NESA) Center for Strategic Studies and U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM), hosts a semi-annual Great Power Competition Conference series to provide military and civilian policy-makers and thought leaders a broader understanding of the various national security challenges facing the United States in the 21st Century from near-peer global powers, i.e., China and Russia, as well as regional powers, such as Iran and North Korea, through a forum that brings together strategic thinkers, scholars, leaders, and subject matter experts.

This 4th GPC Conference, in a continuing series will commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the U.S. by focusing on the day of those attacks and our immediate military, diplomatic, and strategic response.

Day One of the September event will address the conditions leading up to the attacks, the attacks themselves, and our country’s immediate military and diplomatic reaction to them. Day Two of the conference will explore the strategic response to the attacks and begin a dialogue on the longer-term, focusing on the ensuing “Global War on Terror” and the lessons the U.S. learned during those eventful years, not just in the Middle East but in our country’s competition with near-peer nation states Russia and China, and their proxies.