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What is a strategy of denial and does it make sense for America?

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The 2018 National Defense Strategy was the first time the Pentagon identified China as the organizing focus of U.S. defense policy. Elbridge Colby, deputy assistant secretary of defense for strategy and force development, was a key architect of that document. In a new book, he now lays out a vision for how the United States should approach China in the coming years, with special consideration for how the U.S. military might win a war with China in order to deter such a war from ever taking place.

On November 5, Brookings hosted Colby for a virtual event to discuss whether the United States can, or should, pursue a strategy of denial vis-à-vis China.

Viewers submitted questions via email to or on Twitter using #StrategyOfDenial.


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