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Book Launch - The Concentration of Power by Anders Corr

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Introduction From The Book:

"China’s influence in US politics has coincided with the industrialization of China, at the expense of a deindustrializing US. Global corporations, to which US politicians answer, fled high wages and environmental regulations in the US for low wages and lax environmental standards in China. Now, the US is paying the price and might not recover sufficiently to defend itself against China’s growing military. The strategic ambitions of one nation can and have upset the United Nations and the balance between powers. Now the Western world must understand the imminent threats from the hegemonic ambitions of China."

The Discussion:

Hierarchy exists in every segment of society.  From politics, to unions, associations, corporations, and the military. Dr. Corr breaks them all down and provides readers with a sense of what the world could well face if we allow hierarchy to continue its historical development toward a global and illiberal hegemony. Be it in China, the United States, or the European Union, all are vying for global influence and the utilization of the United Nations structure to promote either the principles of human rights and democracy, or in the case of Beijing, the exact opposite. This clash between democracy and autocracy on a global level could turn to war.

"This sweeping study belongs next to Niall Ferguson and Jared Diamond in our understanding of how the world works and how it can work better.” - James Kraska, Harvard Law School

"A must-read for legislators, military strategists, leading academics, regulators, and anyone interested in the existential threat that the concentration of economic, political, and informational power in an illiberal country like China creates for the leading democracies of the world.” - Kyle Bass, Billionaire investor

"...erudite and realistic appraisal of 21st century power politics.” - Alex Gray, former Chief of Staff, White House National Security Council


Moderated Discussion 75 minutes. Questions and Answer session to follow and an interactive audience is encouraged.


6:00 - 6:05 Introduction by Dean Baxendale
6:06 - 6:35 Panel Discussion
6:36 - 7:00 Question and Answer Session

Dr. Anders Corr

Dr. Corr has a B.A. and M.A. in Political Science from Yale University (2001) and a Ph.D. in Government from Harvard University (2008). He is the Principal of Corr Analytics Inc., and the Publisher of the Journal of Political Risk. His books include No Trespassing: Squatting, Rent Strikes and Land Struggles Worldwide (South End Press, 1999), and (editor) Great Powers, Grand Strategies: The New Game in the South China Sea (U.S. Naval Institute Press, 2018). Dr. Corr has conducted quantitative analysis and simulation for the U.S. Pacific Command, the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, and NATO. He has researched China, Russia, Romania, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam, Brunei, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Israel and Palestine for private clients. He led the U.S. Army Social Science Research and Analysis group in Afghanistan, which oversaw 600 Afghan contract employees on 44 survey projects, and conducted quantitative predictive analysis of insurgent attacks.  

James Kraska

Professor Kraska is Chair and Charles H. Stockton Professor of International Maritime Law in the Stockton Center for International Law at the U.S. Naval War College, where he is a tenured full professor. He is also a Visiting Professor of Law and John Harvey Gregory Lecturer on World Organization at Harvard Law School, where he teaches International Law of the Sea. Prof. Kraska serves as a Distinguished Fellow at the Law of the Sea Institute, University of California Berkeley School of Law, a Permanent Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and on the International Group of Experts for the San Remo Manual on the Law Applicable to Armed Conflicts at Sea, produced by the International Institute of Humanitarian Law. Previously, he was a Visiting Professor of Law at the University of the Philippines College of Law, Honorary Visiting Professor of Law at Gujarat National Law University in Ahmedabad, India. Professor Kraska has written numerous scholarly articles and books, including Maritime Power and Law of the Sea (Oxford), which won the Alfred Thayer Mahan Award for Literary Achievement and co-authored The Free Sea: The American Fight for Freedom of Navigation (USNI). He is co-authoring Emerging Technology and the Law of Naval Warfare (forthcoming Oxford) and is a contributing editor to Emerging Technology and the Law of the Sea (forthcoming Cambridge). Professor Kraska served as a U.S. Navy officer and lawyer, including with operational forces in the Indo-Pacific region, and as Oceans Law & Policy Adviser and then Director of International Negotiations Division, The Joint Staff. He earned a professional doctorate in law from Indiana University and a research doctorate in law from University of Virginia.

Alexander Gray

Mr. Gray is a Senior Fellow in National Security Affairs at the American Foreign Policy Council, where he focuses on U.S. security and defense strategy in the Indo-Pacific and Polar Regions; U.S.-China competition globally; U.S. defense strategy and modernization for an era of Great Power competition; and the intersection of U.S. national and economic security. Mr. Gray most recently served as Deputy Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff of the National Security Council (NSC) at the White House, where he was responsible for the management of the National Security Advisor’s Front Office and the budget, security, and personnel functions of the NSC. Previously, Mr. Gray served as Special Assistant to the President for the Defense Industrial Base at the White House National Economic Council (NEC). He was the principal Executive Office of the President official focused on the health and resiliency of the defense and manufacturing industrial base and U.S. maritime industry. Mr. Gray played a key role in Executive Order 13806, the first-ever whole-of-government assessment of the U.S. defense industrial base. Additionally, Mr. Gray was the Director for Oceania & Indo-Pacific Security at the NSC, the first NSC Director ever focused primarily on Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands. Mr. Gray represented the U.S. at the 2019 Presidential Inauguration in the Federated States of Micronesia; the 2019 Pacific Islands Forum in Tuvalu; and at numerous U.S.-Australia-New Zealand strategic dialogues and intelligence exchanges. Earlier in his career, Mr. Gray was a Member of the 2016 Presidential Transition Team at the U.S. Department of State and served as Senior Advisor to former U.S. Rep. J. Randy Forbes, a senior Member of the House Armed Services Committee. Mr. Gray is currently a Member of the Board of Visitors of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy for a three-year term. He is a recipient of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service and the National Security Council’s Outstanding Service Award. Mr. Gray’s writings have appeared in Foreign Policy, The National Interest, National Review Online, The Weekly Standard, Naval War College Review, Strategic Studies Quarterly, and the Proceedings of the U.S. Naval Institute. He is a graduate of the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University.

Dean Baxendale

Mr. Baxendale has spent his career as a writer, educator and communications specialist. He graduated from BCIT in 1980 and attended Simon Fraser University in economics.  He started his career with Southam Communications in Vancouver and worked with Optimum Publishing International in 1983. Since 2000, he has worked in a global capacity on the development of international publishing networks. He was recognized as a global leader in digital communications by both Xerox and HP as he led his team in the development of fully integrated personalized communications platforms used by Fortune 500 companies. He has contributed to policy development for Canada’s Liberals and Conservatives and recently served on the PC Party of Ontario’s Transportation and Infrastructure committee. He took over Optimum Publishing International in 2017. Mr. Baxendale is CEO of the China Democracy Foundation and adviser to the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC) and Hong Kong Watch in Canada.

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