Al Maerifa Public Seminar Series

Presented Digitally by Texas A&M University at Qatar

The New Cold War with China

Thursday, 25 March 2021 • 4–5 p.m. GMT +3

China’s emergence as a global military, economic and cultural superpower is one of the most important geopolitical developments in the twenty-first century, creating complex, high-stakes challenges for the United States and its allies. How can the U.S. best support the independence and territorial integrity of China’s neighbors? What can the U.S. do to promote human rights within China? And can the U.S. preserve its extensive economic partnerships with China while constraining Beijing’s ambitions for global influence and internal control? Former U.S. Congressman Will Hurd joins the Al Maerifa Seminar Series at Texas A&M University at Qatar for a fireside chat on the United States’s contentious relationship with China.

Mr. Will Hurd

Will Hurd is a former member of Congress, cybersecurity executive, and undercover officer in the CIA. For almost two decades, he has been involved in the most pressing national security issues challenging the country, whether it was in the back alleys of dangerous places, boardrooms of top international businesses or halls of Congress.

After stopping terrorists, preventing Russian spies from stealing our secrets, and putting nuclear weapons proliferators out of business, Will helped build a cybersecurity company that prepared businesses for the next domain of conflict — cyberspace.

While in Congress, Texas Monthly and Politico Magazine called Will “The Future of the GOP,” because he put good policy over good politics at a time when America was often consumed with what divides us rather than what unites us. He was able to get more legislation signed into law in three terms than most congressmen do in three decades — substantive legislation like a national strategy for Artificial Intelligence.

Will is a native of San Antonio. Texas, and earned a computer science degree from Texas A&M University. He is growing the US transatlantic partnership with Europe as a trustee of the German Marshall Fund and is serving as a fellow at the University of Chicago Institute of Politics.

About the Al Maerifa Public Seminar Series

In the Al Maerifa Public Seminar Series, faculty from Texas A&M University at Qatar and distinguished external guests present a 45-minute community seminar to promote knowledge on topics central to Qatar’s pursuit of a knowledge-based economy. These seminars are centered around Qatar’s grand challenges and research pursuits, including cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, energy, water, food security and infrastructure, among other topics. The seminars will be designed for a general, nontechnical audience, and participants will be invited to ask questions at the end of the presentation. The seminar presentations will be delivered in English. Everyone in Qatar is invited to participate.

The seminars are delivered electronically using Zoom videoconferencing technology. For each seminar, a calendar link will provide the instructions for connecting to the seminar.

You need a smart phone, tablet or computer with a high-speed Internet connection. Use the following links to download the app appropriate for your device.

The Al Maerifa Public Seminar Series is open to all residents of Qatar. There is no cost beyond your standard Internet connection.

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