China: The strategy of denial

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12 January 2022 at 12:30 13:30 GMT

Join Elbridge Colby, Tobias Ellwood MP and Alicia Kearns MP as they discuss how to successfully contain China.

About this event

The rise of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and the surrounding Indo-Pacific region has altered the global balance of power. The United Kingdom’s (UK) Integrated Review, published earlier this year, identified the PRC as a ‘systemic competitor’. The United States (US) National Defence Strategy in 2018 called the inter-state strategic competition the primary concern in US national security and named the PRC a strategic competitor.

In his latest book The Strategy of Denial Elbridge A. Colby – the lead architect of the 2018 National Defence Strategy which was hailed as the most significant revision of US defence strategy in a generation – lays out how America’s defence must change to address the PRC’s growing power and ambition. Based firmly in the realist tradition but deeply engaged in current policy, this book offers a clear framework for what the US’ goals in confronting the PRC must be, how its military strategy must change, and how it must prioritise these goals over its lesser interests and how the US can prepare to win a war with the PRC that it cannot afford to lose – precisely in order to deter that war from happening.

Join this fascinating event with Elbridge A. Colby, Tobias Ellwood MP, Chair of the Defence Committee, and Alicia Kearns MP, Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, as they discuss how we can successfully contain the PRC.


Elbridge A. Colby

  • Author, The Strategy of Denial

The Rt. Hon. Tobias Ellwood MP

  • Chair of the Defence Select Committee, House of Commons

Alicia Kearns MP

  • Member of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee, House of Commons


Viktorija Starych-Samuolienė

  • Co-founder and Director of Strategy, Council on Geostrategy


This event will be hosted online using Zoom.