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Power Clash: China on the Rise

May 22, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm


If you have any questions, please contact Amanda Jolly, Vice President, Programs and Communications at: ajolly@ctwac.org or call: (860) 241-6118.


You asked, we listened. After overwhelming requests to bring back our panelists from Global Security Forum 2018, we are bringing Dr. James Holmes and Dan Murphy back to Connecticut. Power Clash will explore increasing competition and rising tensions between the U.S. and China, and U.S. strategy in this battle for hegemony. If you missed out during Global Security Forum, you don’t want to miss this again.

Moderated by Scott Bates, Deputy Secretary of the State.

Tickets: Free for Members | $10 NonMembers

More information and register here.


James Holmes, Ph.D.

J. C. Wylie Chair of Maritime Strategy at the U.S. Naval War College

James Holmes holds the J. C. Wylie Chair of Maritime Strategy at the Naval War College and served on the faculty of the University of Georgia School of Public and International Affairs. A former U.S. Navy surface-warfare officer, he was the last gunnery officer in history to fire a battleship’s big guns in anger, during the first Gulf War in 1991. He earned the Naval War College Foundation Award in 1994, signifying the top graduate in his class. His books include Red Star over the Pacific, an Atlantic Monthly Best Book of 2010 and a fixture on the Navy Professional Reading List. General James Mattis deems him “troublesome.”

Dan Murphy

Executive Director of the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies and the Harvard China Fund

Before coming to Harvard Dan served as the inaugural program director for Yale Center Beijing. In that role, he worked in partnership with deans, faculty, and key contacts in China to produce programming at Yale’s facility in Beijing. From 2008-14 Dan was at the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, finishing as director of special initiatives. At the National Committee, he grew the Public Intellectuals Program, which connects America’s next generation of leading China scholars with policymakers and the media. He also led delegations of senior American Congressional staff on study visits to China, directed a range of other programming, and led successful grant initiatives that were funded by the State Department and private foundations.

Dan is a member of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, serves on the advisory board of SupChina, and is an ex officio member of the executive committee of the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies. He speaks fluent Mandarin.


Deputy Secretary of the State Scott D. Bates

Scott Bates has served in leadership roles at the state, national and international levels in policy development and government for over twenty five years.

After September 11th, Bates became the first Senior Policy Advisor to the U.S. House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee and led a team that produced a dozen reports on homeland security issues ranging from border security to bioterrorism. He then served as President of the Center for National Policy, a Washington DC think tank focusing on topics of national security. Bates has also taught at the National Defense University in Washington D.C, University of Indiana School of Law, the University of Tokyo, and the University of Pristina.

Scott Bates has been on the ground in every war zone where American troops have fought in this generation. He has worked with elected leaders and activists alike to build democratic institutions and governance structures in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kosovo, Bosnia, Haiti and the Persian Gulf. He has been a featured speaker on defense issues and international affairs at numerous national and international conferences.

Bates served as Chief of Staff for Congressman Nick Lampson, Counsel to Congressman Jim Turner, and Senior Advisor to Congressman Maurice Hinchey. He was appointed Secretary of the State and Legislative Director for Virginia Governor Douglas Wilder and is credited for the state’s ethics reforms and an unprecedented expansion in appointments of women and minorities to state boards and commissions.

He holds a JD from the University Of Virginia School Of Law, a MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics and graduated magna cum laude in History and Political Science from the University of Dayton. The Bates family lives in Stonington, and are actively involved in their community.



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