The past decade has witnessed what many security strategists term the "return of great power competition" fueled by relative decline in U.S. and Western economic and military advantage, the related erosion of international norms of diplomacy and economic exchange, and the proliferation of novel destabilizing technologies. There is growing concern that global order is in danger of collapsing as in just the past two years there has been the outbreak of the first major European interstate war since 1945, a level of sustained violence in the Middle East and Levant last seen during the Yom Kippur War of 1973, and an acceleration of security competition between the United States and China in the Western Pacific and beyond. Karl Eikenberry, drawing on his professional experiences in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East, will address trends in warfare, the interrelationships between various conflicts ands sources of tension in the world, and the prospects for competition and cooperation between the major world powers.
Former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan
Karl Eikenberry is a former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan and Lieutenant General, U.S. Army (retired). He is a Stimson Center Distinguished Fellow; faculty member of Schwarzman College, Tsinghua University; Senior Advisor to the United States Institute of Peace; and Board Member of the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue in Geneva and The Asia Foundation. In addition to his diplomatic service as U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan and 35-year career as a U.S. Army officer with command and political-military assignments postings in the U.S., Asia, and Europe, he has also taught at Stanford University and focused on Saudi Arabia defense efforts while living in Riyadh. He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy, has Master's Degrees from Harvard and Stanford Universities, and attended the British Ministry of Defence Chinese Language School in Hong Kong and Nanjing University.