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University of South Florida
Marshall Student Center
March 7-9, 2023
Tampa, Florida

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The GNSI Tampa Summit has been established by the Global and National Security Institute as a platform for bringing together scholars, researchers, and practitioners with policymakers to ensure that decision-makers can access the most current and complete knowledge possible. The GNSI Tampa Summit will incorporate multiple events, across various disciplines, to provide a conduit to diverse perspectives on the most pressing issues and challenges facing the United States at the tactical, strategic, and policy levels to ensure that U.S. national security remains effective against emerging threats. The Great Power Competition Conference will be the marquee event in the Summit, around which additional events and programming will be built.

Recognizing that integrated deterrence is not constrained by geography, this Spring's 7th Great Power Compeitition Conference (GPC7)  will focus on the specific threats and challenges confronting U.S. national security and foreign policy emanating from China. China's aggressive posture affects global economics and influences strategic policy issues. Efforts to expand their influence through the One Belt One Road initiative and their exploits to shape global perceptions by dominating the information and cyber domains directly affect the U.S. and allied influence and relationships globally. GPC7 will explore critical questions facing the U.S. in the wake of China's growing expansion, such as how different stakeholders perceive China's rise and how they have reacted to it, and what the U.S can do to counter China's rapid influence and power in the Central Region. 

In person attendance is welcome and encouraged, but GPC7 will also be live-streamed for those that can't make it to Tampa.

The Great Power Competition Conference series is sponsored by 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). GPC7 is part of the GNSI Tampa Summit scheduled for March 8-9, 2023, at the Marshall Center on the University of South Florida campus in Tampa, Florida. 

We've extended the event by an additional day this year and added an additional event: the U.S. Central Command Central and South Asia Directors of Military Intelligence Conference 2023. This highly sought-after event will be open to the public (but not live-streamed) and will enable GNSI Tampa Summit to look at implications for the Central Region from the perspective of two Great Powers, not just one. The DMI Conference on March 7 will examine Russia's increasingly complex and assertive actions in the Central Region, as it seeks to challenge the U.S. and China for influence among the 21 member nations of the Central Region.


The first day of the conference will be the DMI conference  (which will be open to the public but not be live-streamed) and will feature distinguished guests and speakers (to be announced shortly), along with these panels:

Panel 1: War in Ukraine - Russian Hybrid Warfare, Lessons Learned, and Future of Russian Way of War (full list of panelists)

Panel 2: Strategic Competition – Russia's Future Strategy and Friction Points (full list of panelists)

GPC7: china's influence (march 8)

Panel 1: Understanding China's Grand Strategy (full list of panelists)
• In what way does China embrace or eschew an emerging role as a security guarantor in the Middle and Central Asia? How does that affect China's role in securing its interest in the Pacific?
• How does China maintain strong defense and economic relationships with Iran and Gulf States at the same time?

Panel 2: Implications of China's Belt and Road Geoeconomics for U.S. National Security (full list of panelists)
• What is the significance of a securing the Middle East in relation to a Chinese invsion of Taiwan and the importance of completing the BRI before a conflict?
• What does a Chinese invasion of Taiwan mean to Australia's security of the rest of the Pacific region?


Panel 3: Geopolitical Competition: China's Central Asia, Iran and Afghanistan Strategy (full list of panelists)
• How does China resolve the cultural, political and economic competition with Iran in the  Central Asia area without decreasing cooperationor dominance in the area?
• How will Russia's invasion in Ukraine cause China to act in Central Asia? How does China's response help or hinder Russian interest in Central Asia?

Breakout Session 1: TikTok is now #1 on the U.S. Most Wanted List. Why the push to ban China's most dangerous startup from academic, government and military devices. 
Session Lead: Tom Waters, Assistant Director of Startups for the University of South Florida.  He was previously an undercover officer on the CIA’s Economic and Trade Security team; his memoir is #2 on the Agency’s list of recommended reading for new employees.