Centre for the Study of Global Power Competition (CGPC)
The Centre for the Study of Global Power Competition (CGPC) brings together multi-disciplinary perspectives to study the dynamics of contemporary inter-state competition.
The world today is characterised by pervasive competition between states to shape the norms, rules, and practices of international order. In the domains of security, technology and innovation, energy, trade and investment, the environment, human rights and international law, major powers are increasingly staking divergent positions on key questions. Clear fault lines have emerged between the US and China and Russia, and between plural democracies and authoritarian regimes, on fundamental issues of how international order should be organised.
These frictions have encouraged states of all sizes and capabilities to view the world as once more animated by great power competition, and to act accordingly, asserting increasingly transactional postures in the military, diplomatic, technology, legal, and economic spheres, and drawing back from cooperative arrangements. Intensifying competitive increasingly affects actors and sectors beyond traditional national security concerns, in supply chains, energy, raw materials, and intellectual property.
The Centre for the Study of Global Power Competition (CGPC) studies this intensifying systemic competition by bringing together multiple disciplines to examine the different domains within which the competition manifests itself, and the strategies states adopt towards it. In doing so, CGPC seeks to understand how competition among powers may generate productive reforms of international order that respond to shifting power distributions and address global challenges.
Perceptions of power, status, and authority are central to international relations. How states view one another’s power position is crucial to how they develop strategies for competition, and ultimately, how they act. But assessments of power are conceptually complex and empirically multifaceted undertakings: whenever we see competition become conflict we know that power assessment has gone wrong.Dr Nicholas Kitchen, Senior Lecturer in International Relations; Director, Centre for the Study of Global Power Competition (CGPC)
“It’s impossible to think about international security without taking account of economics, political relationships, transnational regulation, and the increasing role of technology in the world today. CGPC brings together perspectives from multiple disciplines to examine the threats and opportunities in an increasingly competitive world.”Dr Joshua Andresen, Associate Professor of National Security and Foreign Relations Law
Our Centre is staffed by experts from the Departments of Politics, the School of Law, Surrey Business School, and the School of Economics.
Dr Nicholas Kitchen
Senior Lecturer in International Relations; Director, Centre for the Study of Global Power Competition (CGPC)
Dr Joshua Andresen
Associate Professor of National Security and Foreign Relations Law