News | July 14, 2021

The Three-Body Problem; The U.S., China, and Russia

By Michele Flournoy INSS Speaker Series

Summary

The Cold War was the first time in over a century that the United States faced a truly existential threat, the threat of all-out, strategic, nuclear war. The strategic response designed to avoid such a catastrophe was mutual assured destruction, a deliberate reciprocal deterrence. Today the United States faces two near peer competitors, Russia and China. In this strategic triangle each needs one of the others to deter the third, resulting in a constant state of dynamic tension. The challenge for the United States is to counter China without driving it toward Russia, and to counter Russia without driving it toward China.

Speaker Bio

The Three-body-Problem; The U.S., China, and Russia
The Three-Body Problem; The U.S., China, and Russia
The Three-Body Problem; The U.S., China, and Russia with Michele Flournoy
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Michèle Flournoy is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of WestExec Advisors, and former Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), where she currently serves on the board. Michèle served as the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy from February 2009 to February 2012. In 2017, she co-founded WestExec Advisors, a strategic advisory firm.