In February 2021, an Atlantic Council report written by an anonymous, but highly-ranked, US government official stated that "There is now broad consensus China can and will shape the US-led international system in its more illiberal image unless democracies act in concert to prevent this. But so far, we've only just begun to discuss what to do about it.
Please join us for a discussion of this report, known as the Longer Telegram, by a panel of China experts.
Our panelists are: Dr. Josh Hastey, Robertson School of Government; Dr. Ionut Popescu, Texas State University; and Dr. Michael Waller, Center for Security Policy.
Dr. Josh Hastey is a professor at Regent University, whose Ph.D. dissertation (ODU, 2020) addressed strategic competition between the US and China in the South China Sea. Josh is currently conducting research on grey zone conflict and territorial disputes between the US and China.
A former Regent University professor, Dr. Popescu is the author of "Emergent Strategy and Grand Strategy: How American Presidents Succeed in Foreign Policy" (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2017). He is currently writing a second book, focussing on China's grand strategy
Dr. Waller is the President of Georgetown Research, a political risk and private intelligence company, and Vice President for government relations at the Center for Security Policy in Washington, DC. He has 30 years of professional and academic experience in the field of counterinsurgency, communications/public diplomacy, and intelligence.