2015 Plenary 1: Cooperate, Contain, or Conquer: Prioritizing Strategy 70 Years On

Moderator Dr. Gideon Rose led panelists through an in-depth discussion of strategy and conflict in the 21st century, and whether nations have the tools they need to resolve conflict now that the rules of international engagement are much less clear. A common theme among all responses was the need for a realistic assessment of the challenges facing individual nations and the international security community today – one that accepts the reality of changing dynamics and greater competition for power. The conversation touched on the current shift from interest-based motivations to values-based motivations. Panelists also discussed how the public’s desire for change gives way to real-world political change, and how troublesome nations – most notably Russia – can still be engaged in other efforts of global security interest.