Webinar Focuses on America’s Most Dangerous Rivals

Webinar Focuses on America’s Most Dangerous Rivals

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The military strategies of America’s most dangerous rivals will be the focus of a webinar hosted by the Association of the U.S. Army.

The event, part of the AUSA Noon Report series, will feature author Seth Jones, who will discuss his book Three Dangerous Men: Russia, China, Iran, and the Rise of Irregular Warfare.

It will take place at noon Eastern on March 30. The webinar is free, but registration is required here.

In Three Dangerous Men, Jones examines how three key figures in Moscow, Beijing and Tehran built irregular warfare campaigns that are eroding American power. They are Valery Gerasimov, chief of the Russian General Staff; Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s elite Quds Force who was killed in January 2020 in a U.S. airstrike; and Zhang Youxia, vice chairman of China’s Central Military Commission. 

Jones also argues that the U.S. is woefully unprepared for the future of global competition, according to a description of the book, which was published before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

While America has focused on building fighter jets, missiles and conventional warfighting capabilities, its three principal rivals—Russia, China and Iran—have increasingly adopted irregular warfare, using cyberattacks, covert action, proxy conflicts, information and disinformation campaigns, espionage and economic coercion to undermine American power.

Jones is senior vice president, Harold Brown Chair, director of the International Security Program, and director of the Transnational Threats Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He also teaches at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies and the Center for Homeland Defense and Security at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School.

The author of many books and articles, Jones specializes in irregular warfare, counterterrorism and covert action.