China, the United States, and the Rise of Geoeconomics Conference with Robert Blackwill, Henry A. Kissinger senior fellow for U.S. foreign policy, the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)
Beijing flexes its economic muscle with frequent success in pursuit of Chinese geopolitical aims. By contrast, the United States has largely forgotten the historic role of geoeconomics in American foreign policy. The United States must come to grips with the reality that the current global landscape is populated by a set of countries, most particularly China, which deploy modern economic tools in pursuit of their national interests. Policymakers in Washington need to give more regular, rigorous, and sophisticated consideration to geoeconomics, especially since so many of today’s greatest strategic challenges cannot be fully understood – let alone addressed – without appreciating the economic forces driving them.
Conference chaired by Dominique David, Advisor to the Executive Chairman
Robert Blackwill is Henry A. Kissinger senior fellow for U.S. foreign policy at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). His current work focuses on American foreign policy writ large as well as China, Russia, the Middle East, South Asia, and geoeconomics.
Most recently, Ambassador Blackwill was senior fellow at the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, California, from 2008 to 2010. As deputy assistant to the president and deputy national security advisor for strategic planning under President George W. Bush, Ambassador Blackwill was responsible for government-wide policy planning to help develop and coordinate the mid- and long-term direction of American foreign policy. He also served as presidential envoy to Iraq, and was the administration's coordinator for U.S. policies regarding Afghanistan and Iran.
He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the International Institute for Strategic Studies, the Trilateral Commission, and the Aspen Strategy Group; and on the board of Harvard University's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.