The 2023 Knight Forum on Geopolitics


The 2023 Knight Forum on Geopolitics



9:00 am EDT - 12:15 pm EDT


The 2023 Knight Forum on Geopolitics

Tuesday, September 26, 2023

9:00 am - 12:15 pm EDT

The Brookings Institution
Falk Auditorium

1775 Massachusetts Avenue
Washington, DC

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As the world rapidly evolves, so does the nature of threats facing the United States. While the immediate challenge posed by Russia in Ukraine, the mounting tension fueled by China’s disruptive actions in the Indo-Pacific, and the ongoing threats from other actors — such as North Korea, Iran, and violent extremist groups — underscore traditional security issues, the United States also faces serious nontraditional security challenges. Climate change, infectious diseases, and food insecurity, for example, have become permanent features of the global security environment and exert significant influence on American defense priorities. 

The current moment — nearly three years into the Biden administration and one year after the release of its National Security Strategy and National Defense Strategy — presents an opportunity to assess U.S. grand strategy and place the Ukraine conflict, the challenges from China’s rise, and the ramifications of nontraditional security threats in broader historical and geostrategic context. Join Brookings for a series of conversations that explore forward-leaning strategies to address the wide-ranging challenges shaping the geopolitics of our age. 

Online viewers can submit questions via e-mail to or via Twitter @BrookingsFP using #KnightForum. 

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