The Naval Postgraduate School Alumni Association & Foundation proudly presents

Reframing Great Power Competition


Professor Leo Blanken, Ryan Evans, Col Bill Vivian, and special guest Kori Schake

February 25, 2021 3:00 - 4:00 PM (PST)

On February 25th, 2021 at 3 pm Pacific (6 pm Eastern), the NPS Alumni Association and Foundation will host Kori Schake of the American Enterprise Institute, Col (Ret) Bill Vivian, author of Marine Corps Doctrinal Publication 1-4 Competing, Ryan Evans, editor of War on the Rocks, and Dr. Leo Blanken of the Naval Postgraduate School, Co-founder of Applied Design for Innovation. They will discuss how they are reframing great power competition from their unique perspectives and how that evolving understanding will shape national security over the next several years. This timely conversation will explore what it means to compete across the spectrum of conflict and utilizing all of the levers of national power. Join us as we explore how notions of competition have evolved due to the shared challenges presented by the global pandemic, disinformation campaigns, and regional partnerships. 


Kori Schake leads the foreign and defense policy team at the American Enterprise Institute. She is the author of Safe Passage: the Transition from British to American Hegemony, and a contributing writer at the Atlantic, War on the Rocks, and Bloomberg.

Leo Blanken is an Associate Professor in Defense Analysis at the Naval Postgraduate School. He joined Defense Analysis in the summer of 2008. He received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of California at Davis. His dissertation on patterns of imperial expansion received the best dissertation award from the Western Political Science Association, and has been published as Rational Empires: Institutional Incentives and Imperial Expansion (University of Chicago Press, 2012). Dr. Blanken is the Co-Founder of Applied Design for Innovation at the Naval Postgraduate School. His most recent articles include “Arming the Peace: Foreign Security Assistance and human rights conditions in post-conflict countries” and “Making Friends in Maker Spaces: From Grassroots Innovation to Great Power Competition.”

Ryan Evans is the founder and CEO of War on the Rocks and the publisher of the Texas National Security Review. When he was young and didn't know any better, he worked at various think tanks in Washington and London. He also worked as a deployed U.S. Army civilian in Afghanistan, as a part of the human terrain team assigned to the British-led Task Force Helmand. He enjoys reading good writing, talking with interesting people, and single-malt scotch.

Bill Vivian retired from the Marine Corps in 2018 after 31 years on active duty. Starting as an enlisted Marine, he rose through the ranks to colonel. Bill was an infantry officer who commanded at each level from a platoon of 40 to a regiment of 4,000 Marines. Along the way he earned master’s degrees in operational planning, military studies, and resource strategy. In 2018, Bill launched Freestone Solutions Group, a leadership coaching and consulting business. Bill also supports concept writing for the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory (as a contracted Systems, Planning & Analysis analyst).