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The People's Liberation Army (PLA): An Executive Education Course for Analysts and Practitioners


China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is an increasingly global actor that is reshaping the geopolitical landscape, shifting the balance of power in the Indo-Pacific region, and stressing America’s global security commitments and relationships with allies and partners. In light of this growing role, the National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) offers a three-day executive education course exploring the history, strategic culture, and impact of the PLA.

This graduate-level course comprises a series of interactive seminar-style classes, discussion sessions focused on research methods, and simulation exercises, as well as remarks from current and former senior defense officials. Drawing on NBR’s longstanding role as the facilitator of the annual Carlisle PLA Conference, the seminar convenes world-class PLA specialists to shape the curriculum and lead each session. Topics covered range from technological modernization and recruitment to strategic doctrine, operational concepts, and land- and sea-based contingency scenarios.

The course’s varied curriculum, interactive format, and condensed schedule were tailored to meet the needs of military and civilian practitioners, industry leaders, and research professionals working on China-related security issues, allowing participants to develop a unique skillset to apply to everyday work in government and industry alike.


Upcoming Courses | August 17–19, 2022 | November 2–4, 2022

NBR is pleased to announce the dates for two upcoming sessions of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Executive Education Course. This course explores the history, strategic culture, and impact of China’s PLA as an increasingly global actor.

Application is now open for the August course. Learn more and apply here.

This graduate-level, three-day course—held in-person in Washington, D.C.—includes interactive seminar-style classes, working lunches, and a simulation exercise, led by world-class PLA experts. Chad Sbragia, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for China, will serve as the course’s senior mentor.