Strategic Asia Executive Course: The China Challenge

An Executive Education Course for Analysts, Practitioners, and Researchers

Event Details
Course Dates: May 18–20, 2022

Tuition: In-person (Washington, D.C.): $3,500
Virtual: $2,750
Registration Deadline: May 1, 2022



The Indo-Pacific’s strategic environment has rapidly changed as China has amassed sufficient economic and military capabilities to expand its influence and test elements of the post-World War II order. Regional countries, including Japan, India, and Australia, have grown increasingly concerned over China’s encroachment into their domestic affairs. In light of this challenge, the National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) offers an intensive, three-day executive course based on its Strategic Asia Program exploring China’s foreign policy ambitions, their impact, and potential policy responses on the part of the United States and other liberal democracies.

This intensive course will be held in Washington, D.C., May 18–20, 2022, and involve a series of interactive seminar-style classes, working lunches, and a guided workshop, as well as remarks from senior Asia specialists in the policy community, academe, and U.S. government. Topics covered range from understanding the Chinese Communist Party’s domestic drivers and the trajectory of China’s expansion to the evolution of U.S. strategy and policy options for like-minded liberal democracies. Discussions will focus on relevant academic research and policy analysis.

The course’s varied curriculum, interactive format, and condensed schedule are tailored to meet the needs of analysts and professionals in the U.S. government and private sector, as well as researchers in related fields working on China-related security issues. Participants will enhance their knowledge on China and become better informed to make strategic policy decisions.


Participants in the Strategic Asia Executive Course will:

  • Understand the PRC’s ambitions, which are driven by the Chinese Communist Party.
  • Assess how the balance of power across the Indo-Pacific is changing.
  • Apply lessons learned to better understand how the United States and other allied and partnered democracies are responding.


Qualified applicants for the executive education course will be analysts and professionals in the U.S. government and private sector or researchers in related fields. The curriculum is extensive and interdisciplinary. Participants will benefit by having prior familiarity with world history, international relations, U.S. foreign policy, the international economy, trade issues, and China.


The three-day, intensive executive education course will include 11 interactive seminar-style classes with in-depth discussions, 3 working lunches (provided), and a guided workshop, each led by a distinguished expert on China or a U.S. government practitioner.


NBR will open applications for the first class in March 2022. Completed applications will be due May 1. Course organizers will review applications, with acceptances announced by May 9.

To be considered for the course, an applicant must submit the following materials through NBR’s application website by the deadline of May 1, 2022, at 11:59 PM (EDT):

  • A two-page summary resume (full academic CVs will not be reviewed).
  • Completed application form (including statement of interest and short-answer questions).

Tuition for the Strategic Asia Executive Course is $3,500 per participant.

Session List (Spring 2022)

Day 1: Introduction to the China Challenge

The Indo-Pacific Strategic Landscape in 2022

Alison Szalwinski, The National Bureau of Asian Research / Michael Wills, The National Bureau of Asian Research

China’s Strategic Ambitions

Speaker TBA

Working Lunch

Ashley J. Tellis, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

China’s Military Modernization and Its Implications

Andrew S. Erickson, U.S. Naval War College

China’s Challenge to Hong Kong and Taiwan

Speaker TBA

Day 2: Regional Responses from Allies and Partners

Allies and Partners in Southeast Asia (Indonesia/Thailand)

Speaker TBA

Allies in Northeast Asia (Japan/South Korea)

Ji-Young Lee, American University

Working Lunch

Admiral Johnathan W. Greenert, The National Bureau of Asian Research

Allies and Partners in Europe

Liselotte Odgaard, Hudson Institute

Allies and Partners in Oceania

Rebecca Strating, La Trobe University / Joanne Wallis, University of Adelaide

Day 3: Assessing Uncertainties and Outlooks

South Asia (India/Pakistan)

Rohan Mukherjee, Yale-NUS College

Central Asia/Russia

Elizabeth Wishnick, CNA

East Asia (North Korea/South China Sea)

Patricia M. Kim, Brookings Institution

Workshop: Responding to the China Challenge