Albert S. Willner
China: A Security Perspective
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
China’s security perceptions, requirements and priorities are changing in response to a host of internal and external drivers. The People’s Liberation Army in particular is undergoing a transition to address these changing dynamics which present new opportunities and potential challenges. How are China’s security priorities changing and why? What impact will this change have in the region and beyond? How is the PLA adapting and what is the potential impact? This presentation will address some of the important security shifts underway, highlight key drivers and discuss the implications for China’s neighbors and in particular, the United States.
Albert S. Willner is the Director of the China Security Affairs Group at CNA in Alexandria, Virginia. Before joining CNA, he was an Associate Dean at Georgia Gwinnett College. A retired U.S. Army colonel, Dr. Willner completed his service as the first active-duty U.S. Defense Attaché equivalent since 1979 assigned to Taiwan. He has served in various Defense Department positions coordinating Asia-Pacific strategy, plans, and policy, and as the Director of International Relations and National Security Studies in the Department of Social Sciences at West Point.
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