2023 Grand Strategy Summit Recap

by | Oct 20, 2023 | Foreign Policy, News

On October 18 and 19, 2023, the Richard Nixon Foundation convened twenty-four prominent national security experts in Washington, D.C. for the second annual Grand Strategy Summit. The objective of the Summit is to formulate a comprehensive, long-term strategic vision for American statecraft in the spirit of President Nixon’s “long view” foreign policy.

Discussions covered the short and potential long-term impacts of the ongoing conflict in Israel and the broader Middle East, looking beyond the Russia-Ukraine war, an evaluation of America’s foreign alliances, an examination of trade policies aligned with America’s national interests, and assessments of the national security consequences of evolving energy and environmental policies.

Opening Discussion

Former Secretary of State and CIA Director Mike Pompeo in discussion with Fox News Contributor Katie Pavlich. Introduction by Ambassador Robert C. O’Brien

Beyond Ukraine: Building a Grand Strategy for the Western World

Featuring Jane Harman, Mike Waltz and Michael S. Rogers
Moderated by Jacqui Heinrich

Great Power Competition: A World in Flux

Featuring Bonnie Glaser, Shigeru Kitamura, Matt Pottinger, John Sitilides
Moderated by Leland Vittert

Sanctions as Grand Strategy: Deter or Double Down?

Featuring Niall Ferguson, Morgan Ortagus
Moderated by Arthur Herman


Ambassador Robert C. O’Brien In-conversation with Morgan Ortagus

Protectionism in Grand Strategy

Featuring Elbridge Colby and Ro Khanna
Moderated by Joe Kernen

Financial Diplomacy: Working with Developing Nations

Featuring Matthew Johnson and Yerzhan Saltybayev
Moderated by James Hohmann

Energy Policy as Grand Strategy

Featuring Victoria Coates, Joni Ernst, and Andrew Wheeler
Moderated by Arthur Herman