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Great Power Competition Series

The Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations and the ASU Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law present a series of renowned speakers on the Great Power Competition.

The U.S. security strategy has focused on the global war on terrorism since the attacks of September 11, 2001, and while terrorism still exists, the past two administrations have identified Great Power Competition as the political construct guiding U.S. foreign policy. The decline of U.S. global influence, competition from a rising China, and a revanchist Russia is the new principal threat of Great Power Competition.

While the Cold War showcased the ideological battle between democracy and communism, the dissolution of the Soviet Union put an end to the threat of communism. However, democracy is under increased threat, and China, with its state-controlled economy and Beijing and Moscow's increasingly heavy-handed authoritarian systems, is challenging democracy. In 2017, then-Defense Secretary James Mattis proclaimed that "great-power competition—not terrorism—is now the primary focus of U.S. national security."


Join us as Richard Fontaine, CEO of the Center for a New American Security, discusses how the U.S.-China rivalry has emerged as a defining feature of today's world, with competition rising along with tension. Amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Beijing's alignment with Moscow stresses its relations with the United States even more.

He will discuss the nature of U.S.-China competition today, the global implications, and where things may go from here.

Preparation Materials

PCFR Program One-pager_Fontaine.pdfdownload


5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Registration and Reception
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Speaker Program


  • Richard Fontaine (CEO of Center for a New American Security)

    Richard Fontaine

    CEO of Center for a New American Security


    Richard Fontaine is the Chief Executive Officer of the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). He served as President of CNAS from 2012–19 and as Senior Fellow from 2009–12. Prior to CNAS, he was foreign policy advisor to Senator John McCain and worked at the State Department, the National Security Council (NSC), and on the staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

    Fontaine served as foreign policy advisor to the McCain 2008 presidential campaign and subsequently as the minority deputy staff director on the Senate Armed Services Committee. Prior to that, he served as Associate Director for Near Eastern Affairs at the NSC from 2003–04. He also worked on Southeast Asian issues in the NSC’s Asian Affairs directorate.

    At the State Department, Fontaine worked for the deputy secretary and in the department’s South Asia bureau. Fontaine began his foreign policy career as a staff member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, focusing on the Middle East and South Asia. He also spent a year teaching English in Japan.

    Fontaine currently serves as executive director of the Trilateral Commission and on the Defense Policy Board. He has been an adjunct professor in the security studies program at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.

    A native of New Orleans, Fontaine graduated summa cum laude with a BA in international relations from Tulane University. He also holds an MA in international affairs from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, and he attended Oxford University. He lives in Virginia with his wife and their four children.

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ASU Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law

Room 544
111 East Taylor Street

Phoenix, Arizona

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