Great Power Competition Conference Series

7th great power competition conference series

TITLE: The Current Rise of the Great Powers: Implications for the Central Region
March 7-9, 2023
LOCATION: University of South Florida, Marshall Student Center

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 the U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM), is proud to sponsor the seventh bi-annual conference on The Great Power Competition (GPC), scheduled for March 7-9, 2023, at the Marshall Center, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida. GPC7 is the signature event for the GNSI Tampa Summit and brings scholars, researchers, and practitioners together with policymakers to explore diverse perspectives on the most pressing issues for U.S. national security at the tactical, strategic, and policy levels.

Crowd at GPC6


General Kurilla speaking at GPC6


Dr. Adib Farhadi speaking at GPC6


GPC7 will focus on the challenges confronting U.S. national security and foreign policy from a rising China. The conference will explore the role the Middle East and the CASA (Central Asia South Asia) region play in China's grand strategy, specifically in economic, informational, legal, and military areas. The event will also examine how different stakeholders perceive and react to China's rise, historically and currently, and what the U.S. can do to counter China's rapid growth of influence and power in the Central Region, primarily in the Middle East and South Asia. 

The three-day conference will consist of prominent keynote speakers, panels, and roundtables while reserving time for questions and answers, informal discussions, and networking.


This is the fourth year of the GPC Series, which has tackled such topics as:
• Radicalization in the Central Region and around the globe
• the COVID pandemic
• Cybersecurity
• the lead up to 9/11 and how U.S. policies changed in the wake those attacks
• the Russian invasion of Ukraine

Some of the luminaries who've spoken at previous GPC events:

Michael Chertoff, former Head of Secretaryof Homeland Security

Michael Chertoff

General Richad Clarke

General Richard Clarke

Ambassador Ryan Crocker

Ryan Crocker

Michéle Flournoy, former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy

Michéle Flournoy

Joseph Liegberman, former Senator

Joseph Lieberman

Vice Admiral (Ret) Michael McConnell

Vice Admiral (Ret) Michael McConnell

Lieutenant General (Ret) H.R. McMaster

Lieutenant General (Ret) H.R. McMaster

General Paul Nakasone

General Paul Nakasone

General David Petraeus

General David Petraeus

Mark Warner, former Senator

Mark Warner

For more information about the GPC Conference, please visit the GPC Archives.