Mark R. Kennedy
Director, Wilson Center's Wahba Institute for Strategic Competition
Hon. Mark Kennedy (US Congress, 2001-07 MN), Director of the Wilson Center’s Wahba Institute for Strategic Competition, also serves as an appointed Civic Leader supporting the Secretary of the Air Force and as President Emeritus of the University of Colorado. Kennedy is dedicated to strengthening America’s alliances, and the technology, trade, infrastructure, and energy foundations of its economic and global leadership. Mark applies experiences as a first-generation college graduate, corporate executive, presidentially appointed member of the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations, founder of the Economic Club of Minnesota and author of an Ivy League published book. He has engaged wide cross-sections of society in over 45 countries, including refugee camps, war zones, 50 military bases and three aircraft carriers at sea.
- Geo: ASEAN Nations
- Geo: Africa
- Geo: Australia
- Geo: Canada
- Geo: China
- Geo: Europe
- Geo: India
- Geo: Japan
- Geo: Latin America
- Geo: Middle East
- Geo: Pacific
- Geo: Russia
- Geo: South Korea
- Geo: Taiwan
- Geo: Ukraine
- Issue: Air/Sea Ports
- Issue: Corporate Affairs
- Issue: Democracy-Freedom
- Issue: Development-Aid
- Issue: Diplomacy-Aid
- Issue: Diversity-Inclusion
- Issue: Economic Policy
- Issue: Energy-Sustainability
- Issue: Grand Strategy
- Issue: Infrastructure Financing
- Issue: Secure Communications-Cyber
- Issue: Security Strategy
- Issue: Space
- Issue: Tech Leadership-Talent
- Issue: Trade-Commerce
- Type: Books
- Type: In the News
- Type: Op Eds
- Type: Panels
- Type: Policy Briefs
- Type: Speeches
- Type: TV-Radio
- Type: Video
America Must Awaken from Complacency to Win Tech Race
Welcoming New U.S. Chief of Staff of the Air Force
Advancing World Bank Reform
Shown with the Wilson Center's Robert Daly and Sinderpal Singh is Senior Fellow and Assistant Director, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
"I think U.S., Japan and Korea, having come together as closely as they have in recent months, is part of what's motivating China to now want to make sure that they're building and in keeping those strong relations with their own neighbors.”
Roundtable with Taiwan Institute of Economic Research
Conversation on Economic Development of Taiwan and the partnership with the United States with Dr. Ko-Hsiung, Lien - Director, Taiwan Institute of Economic Research Research Division VIII and our mutual colleagues.
Americans must see past the baseless excuses for not continuing to support a democracy under brutal assault. When the Soviet Union broke up, the US gave Ukraine security assurances to give up its nuclear weapons. Now Ukraine’s liberty is on the line. So is America’s credibility.
Mark Kennedy, director of the Wilson Center's Wahba Institute for Strategic Competition who served as U.S. congressman representing Minnesota from 2001-07, said, "Depending how the tragic Israeli-Hamas conflict plays out, it could actually enhance American standing in its strategic competition with China."
If a war breaks out across the Taiwan Strait, can the U.S. military take care of the three-party battlefield?
"In past conflicts related to Israel, the United States was a key material aid provider, but it has never directly intervene in the war. Therefore, the United States’ focus on East Asia and the military resources invested in East Asia will not be distracted.” "The United States recently moved an aircraft carrier to the sea off Israel. Its purpose was to warn Iran and Russia not to intervene in the war, but this aircraft carrier has always been in the Middle East. The United States has strategic deployments in the Middle East and East Asia, and Ukraine and Israel Conflict will not tip the balance in which the United States is now focused on East Asia."
Panel included Philip Zelikow, Professor of History at the University of Virginia and Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution and Robert Zoellick, US Trade Representative from 2001 to 2005 and President of the World Bank from 2007 to 2012.
“All of these policy changes (by China) do not make sense if the goal is to promote long-term economic growth, but they could make sense if they are meant to help endure a conflict with the West,” Mark Kennedy, director of the Wilson Center’s Wahba Institute for Strategic Competition, told me.
The panel moderator, Mark Kennedy, director of the Wahba Institute for Strategic Competition at the Wilson Center, noted that the supply chain pillar agreement announced in May still was undergoing “legal scrubbing” and that it was not known whether it would include a dispute resolution mechanism, among other outstanding questions.
Proud of the work of our United States Space Force guardians and Air Force airmen keeping us safe.
Complex now operated by SpaceX. Pad on right of photo launched Apollo 11 that resulted in Neil Armstrong being the 1st to walk on moon exactly 54 years prior to day of visit. Pad on left of photo being built for Starship to return to moon
As NATO committed to work together to address the systemic challenges posed by the PRC to Euro-Atlantic security, the most important action the alliance can take is to stay unified, said Mark Kennedy, director of the Wahba Institute of Strategic Competition at the Wilson Center. “That was exhibited in the communique,” he told VOA. “The key will be to translate these commitments into reality.”
Visit to Da Nang, Vietnam
Mark Kennedy, director of the Wilson Center's Wahba Institute for Strategic Competition, said that the Chinese government has laws that allow the government to access information held by its citizens and corporations. "That ability by the government to gain access to information is one of the reasons why people view the risk of dealing with a Chinese corporation similar to what they would view as the risk of dealing with the Chinese Communist Party or the government," Kennedy said.
“Now is not the time for sliding down slippery slopes in a race to the protectionist bottom. Rather than shards of truths, today’s strategic competition demands a clear-eyed view and dedicated effort to open markets for American products and services so that all workers not only prosper, but remain secure.”
Making Democracy Work
“Europe has witnessed the impact of coercion within its ranks more vividly than the US, most recently in Lithuania, and endured the pain from overreliance on a sole supplier as it weaned itself off reliance on Russian energy,” Kennedy told Al Jazeera. “A focus on de-risking by diversifying supply chain … by building partnerships with low- and middle-income countries through investment and aid is very unifying. It also can be presented to the Global South as a location for alternative sourcing.”
As my colleague Mark Kennedy and I wrote recently, in the aftermath of the First World War, the Treaty of Versailles brought on two decades of economic and political isolationism – and led the world directly into the Second World War. It was only after that vastly more destructive experience that the free world settled on the so-called “Washington Consensus” – a set of policy recommendations that, Kennedy wrote, “advocated for market-driven domestic economies and an openness to trade and investment.” It was this era of global engagement that established a global rules-based economic system, and that in turn led to unprecedented growth and prosperity for everyone including China.
"This is really more a response to the very aggressive military buildup that China has had, as opposed to anything we're doing that would be provoking to China," Mark Kennedy, director of the Wahba Institute for Strategic Competition at the Wilson Center, told VOA.
Technology restrictions only succeed in tandem with other advanced economies. As restrictions bifurcate markets, America will lose foreign consumers unless it embraces trade.
“There has not been a broad-based decoupling … and many economists are seeing that there really hasn't been a significant onshoring or reshoring. There are still strong ties, and to break those ties with China would be both difficult and costly.”
"Finding the right balance between markets and intervention is key. Close collaboration with allies is also vital. America faces a peer rival: China. Only in tandem with its allies can the US achieve the scale to sustain the international order and deter aggression."
"The result of America's inward turn is to step aside as other nations negotiate preferential access and define the terms to trade, sacrificing the jobs that go with that trade and the influence that comes from the associated interactions. Perhaps no other nation has benefited more from America's trade resistance than China."
Former Congressman, businessperson, and university leader Mark Kennedy will serve as WISC’s Director.
Wilson Center Launches Wahba Institute for Strategic Competition to Shape Conversations and Reforms in Era of Great Power Competition
“Succeeding in strategic competition is the animating imperative of our time and the goal of WISC,” said Mark Kennedy, the Director of the new program. “It is an honor to lead such meaningful work in partnership with the many scholars and experts of the Wilson Center.”
Narrowing in to understand the trade relationships between China and strategic sectors in the Western Hemisphere should be a fundamental task for [the China select] committee and the 118th Congress to undertake. Ideally, this would lead to actionable results providing tangible economic opportunities for the U.S. and its partners in the region.
“It will be interesting to see what the final Treasury regulations are able to do, but many believe this is going to require a legislative fix,” Kennedy said. “The accommodations that are so far in the Treasury ruling are not of great significance related to the concerns the European community has.” Kennedy argued that Washington should have negotiated with all its major industrial partners before passing such a sweeping piece of legislation. “Climate concern is a global concern,” he added. “Having a more coordinated approach to it, as opposed to something that moves down a protectionist path, is more likely to achieve the climate objectives in an efficient manner.”
"Whether it's health care, education, financial services or agriculture, the U.S. remains a technological leader in all areas that could benefit Africa. The U.S. still has strong ties across Africa. But given that we're dealing with a peer rival and given that they are prioritizing Africa and giving it a lot of attention, it will require the United States to do more."
“America needs to prioritise coordination and cohesion with allies to be successful in its #StrategicCompetition with authoritarian powers,"
References "The Geopolitical Importance of Southeast Asia and The Pacific" panel
Navigating Strategic Competition
Navigating Strategic Competition
Navigating a Chaotic Global Situation
"I am pleased that the Biden administration has agreed to discuss South Korea's concerns regarding the Inflation Reduction Act," he said in an email interview with The Korea Times. "Just as America wants to ensure that others abide by the terms of trade agreements, it is important that America does so as well."
Interview of Representative Karen Makishima, Minister of Japan's new Digital Agency.
Minister Fumio Kishida’s recent introduction of a roadmap to increase Japanese spending on defense from 1 percent of GDP to 2 percent of GDP certainly continues the spirt of Shinzo Abe.
Profile of Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska, named after University of North Dakota alum.
Learned a lot at the United States Air Force Air University Air War College National Security Forum at Maxwell Air Force Base, including seeing the F-22 Raptor Demo Team.
Thanks to Colonel Becky Beers and the team at Los Angeles Garrison and Space Systems Command - SSC for an excellent briefing. The US Space Force Guardians there are doing great work keeping our nation safe.
Vandenberg Space Force Base
Thanks to Col. Robert Long, US Space Force Space Launch Delta 30 commander, for briefing me in my role as a civilian advisor to the Secretary of the Air Force. Col Long also gave Debbie Kennedy and I a tour of Space Launch Complex-6 to brief me on on Vandenberg Space Force Base’s commercial launch capabilities. (U.S. Space Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rocio Romo)
Thanks to Richard Cook, Mars Sample Return Program Manager at NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration's NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory at Cal Tech - California Institute of Technology Here with replicas of JPL's NASA's Perseverance Mars Rover and Ingenuity Mars helicopter.
Very informative meeting with Yasuyuki Kasai, Director General of National Space Policy Secretariat in Japan's Cabinet Office discussing U.S. - Japan collaboration in Space.
Learned a lot from my visit to Japan's JAXA Tsukuba Space Center. They are a great NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration -partner. Here inside model of Japanese Experiment Module “Kibo” of the International Space Station.
"China sending a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile circling the globe in near earth orbit and then maneuvering toward its target should make it clear that the imperative to preserve leadership in space is nothing to joke about.” “Russia’s recent satellite destruction affirms, the new high ground is space, and it is contested."
U.S. SPACE FORCE RESEARCH PARTNERSHIPS
Meeting with fellow U.S. Air and Space Force Civic Leader Christian Anschutz and Brig. Gen. John Olson, Chief Data and Artificial Intelligence Officer for the Department of the Air Force and Col. Marc Brock, Commander of Space Delta 2
We must focus on the capabilities to deter China, not on preserving legacy systems and structures more suited to past conflicts.
It was great to visit Guam, a territory of the United States, where America's morning begins.
As Founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Economic Club of Minnesota, I helped establish the Bill Frenzel Champion of Free Trade Award to promote the importance of expanded trade.
I appreciated current University of North Dakota Andrew Armacost recognizing my contributions as the immediate past President of UND as he accepted UND's American Council on Education / Fidelity Investments Award for Institutional Transformation. Congrats to whole UND Team.
It was wonderful to welcome Bob Costa as part of my Frontiers of Freedom Lecture Series at the McCarthy Center at the College of St. Benedict - St. John's Univerity.
Here’s hoping that the Netflix series concludes in season two, but that with the United States Space Force being Semper Supra, always above, our democracy will “live long and prosper.”
Hill Air Force Base, Utah
Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado
Kennedy said he’s “thrilled” that the University Partnership Program will involve both workforce development and research development...
The partnership program will also serve the Colorado Springs campus, said system President Mark Kennedy, with potential to expand to the Denver and Anschutz campuses.
President Mark Kennedy and host Emily Davies speak with serial entrepreneur, Stan Lapidus, about his accomplishments and insights on business collaboration in advancing health care, from ingenuity to implementation.
"As the most significant player in the digital space, America has the most to gain or lose, but ironically, at exactly the worse time to do so, we opted to sit on the sidelines and complain as we continue to watch the rest of the world define the rules for us.
Interview of Dr. Lara Brown regarding her new book.
Attended General “Jay” Raymond, U.S. Space Command and Commander, discuss the development and expansion of the U.S. Space Command/
Op Ed with Frank Backes, Kevin O’Neil and Venkat Reddy
Great collaboration by Kevin O'Neill and team that is fueling Colorado's #Aerospace industry.
None of us have lived in a world where a democracy was not home to the most advanced technology. Only recently have we begun to worry about whether an autocratic nation could achieve technological leadership and what the consequences would be if it did.
“This gift will help grow our leadership in these areas for the benefit of the state and the nation,” he said in a statement.
"Colorado’s powerful convergence of academic, industry, government and philanthropic assets set us apart from the pack. We are uniquely positioned to meet Space Command’s needs and help advance its mission and strategic priorities."
"With the support and encouragement of The Anschutz Foundation, we plan to expand UCCS’ engineering building, allowing us to educate more engineers."
Tour Lockheed Space
Pleased to make UND the host university for teh Collegiate Drone Racing Championship Competition.
Geo-political and military experts with US Air Force and US Navy (Vice-Admiral Mike Franken) backgrounds converge on UND to discuss evolving meaning of “peace through strength”.
With George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management graduate Akiko Kawai.
Lecturing at University of Bergen, Norway
Lecture at University of Cambridge Judge Business School - UK
As Co-Founder and Chairman of the Economic Club of Minnesota, it was an honor to host Finland's President.
American University in Cairo
Thanks to President Francis J. Ricciardone for tour.
Koç University's Graduate School of Business - Istanbul, Turkey
Hosted by the Brazilian Association of Institutional and Governmental Relations (Abrig) and the National Confederation of Industry (CNI)
Commissioning of USS Gerald Ford
Collaboration Discussions with Air Force
Hosted conversations between Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Reserve Affairs and Airman Readiness John Fedrigo and University of North Dakota Aerospace on collaboration in training Air Force pilots.
Awarding Champion of Free Trade Award to José Ángel Gurría, Secretary-General of the OECD and Bob Zoellick, former President of the World Bank
Cruise Aboard USS John C. Stennis
Russia is playing chess with the United States. The United States is playing checkers back.
Teaching at Tec de Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico
Presidential Election Landscape in the United States Speech
Teaching Global Immersion Program in Tokyo, Japan
With students in Japan's Diet (Congress).
Behind the Scene of the 2016 Presidential Election Speech
Teaching Global Immersion Program in Beijing China
With students at Temple of Heaven.
Awarded Champion of Free Trade Award to former US Trade Representative Michael Froman
Managing the Reputation of Institutions
Strengthening U.S. - Mexican Relations Speech - Mexico City
Hosted Ian Bremmer, President of Eurasia Group
Hosted as Co-Founder and Chairman of the Economic Club of Minnesota. Photo with student guests at the event.
Teaching at Koç University Graduate School of Business in Istanbul, Turkey
Teaching Global Immersion Course - Tokyo, Japan
With students learning about cultural importance of tea ceremononies in Japan.
Teaching Global Immersion Course - Beijing, China
With students at China's National People's Congress
Teaching Global Immersion Course- Seoul, Korea
With students at Yonsei University
George Washington University Commencement
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
Hosting David Johnston Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada
Hosted as Co-Founder and Chair of the Economic Club of Minneosta.
Hosting Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda
Hosted as Co-Founder and Chairman of the Economic Club of Minnesota.
Awarding former US Trade Representative Carla Hills the Champion of Free Trade Award
Future Focus - the 2016 Elections and the Transatlantic Partnership
Lecturing at University of Vienna, Austria
Hosting Former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson
Hosted as Co-Founder and Chairman of the Economic Club of Minnesota.
Teaching Global Immersion Program in London, UK
With students and Lord Jamie Borwick at Westminster Palace.
Speech to Canon Institute for Global Studies - Tokyo
Speech to Japan Association of New Economy - Tokyo
Visit to Seoul, South Korea
In Gyeongbokgung Palace.
The Sheikha also served as President of Zayed University. Discussed possible collaborations with George Washington University's Graduate School of Political Management.
Met to prepare for a immersion course in South Africa by students from George Washington University's Graduate School of Political Management.
Teaching Global Immersion Program in Brazil
With students in front of Brazil's Capitol.
Awarding Champion of Free Trade Award to former MN Congressman Bill Frenzel
Photo with former Congressman Tim Penny, Congressman Erik Paulsen and President Clinton's former Chief of Staff Mac McLarty.
Path Forward for Trade Speech - Beijing
Lecture at Global Business School - Tokyo, Japan
Lunch with Members of Japan's Diet (House of Representatives)
National Assembly Proceeding Hall - Seoul, South Korea
Teaching Global Immersion Course in Hong Kong
World Trade Organization Ministerial
With Arancha Gonzalez - then the head of the International Trade Centre, later Foreign Minister for Spain.
Hosting GWU Alumni Gathering in Jakarta, Indonesia
Teaching Global Immersion Program in Brussels, Belgium
With students in Brussels' La Grand Place.
Speech to American Chamber in Hong Kong
Teaching Global Immersion Program in Istanbul, Turkey
With students in front of Hagia Sophia.
Commencement - University of Navarra - Pamplona Spain
Palacio de las Cortes - Spanish Congress of Deputies Tour
Speech to American Chamber in Brussels
Hosted as Director of the Graduate School of Political Management
George Washington Univeristy Commencement
Honoring the U.S. Constitution's Ideals
Business in a Political Age Speech
Hosted Pacal Lamy, Director-General of World Trade Organization
Hosted as Co-Founder and Chairman of the Economic Club of Minnesota.
Teaching at HEC-Paris, France
Making Trends Friends Speech
London Business School Alumni at Fundação Getulio Vargas
Hosted as Co-Founder and Chairiman of the Economic Club of Minnesota
Lecturing at Mannheim Business School, Germany
Lecturing at London Business School - UK
Teaching Business Ethics in Doha, Qatar
World Economic Forum in Tianjin, China
Lecture to National University of Singapore Business School
Joining Sam Pitroda at a wedding ceremony in New Delhi.
Lakenheath Air Base, UK
Naval Air Station Pensacola
Naval Station Newport
Navy Walter Reed Medical Center
As Co-Founder and Chairman of the Economic Club of Minnesota, honored to host the Amb. Ischinger, founder of the Munich Security Forum.
Commissioning of USS George HW Bush
Business Visit to New Delhi, India
Oracle Retail Industry Day in Dubai, UAE
Hosted UK Member of Parliament Liam Fox
Future Secretary of State for Defense, the Board of Trade and International Trade.
World Food Business Summit in Munich, Germany
Advisory Committee on Trade Policy and Promotion Mission to China
Meeting with China's Ministry of Commerce.
Presidential Appointment to Advisory Committee on Trade Policy and Negotiation
Congressional Visit to Iraq
Photo with US Marines in Baghdad
Bangkok - Phetchabun, Thailand
Lunch at Ambassador's residence. Visit to Hmong refugee camp in Phetchabun.
North Korea DMZ Joint Security Area
Photo in Joint Security Area conference room with North Korean soldier observing through the window.
US Forces in Korea
Army General Leon Laporte
American Chamber in Seoul, South Korea
Shanghai Stock Exchange
Minnesota Club in Shanghai, China
Visit to 3M Shanghai
Visited Yang Jiechi in Beijing as Congressman following his service as Ambassador to the United States.
Yokota Ảir Base - Japan
Congressional Visit to Iraq
Being Breifed by US Army Genearl George W. Casey Jr. in Baghdad, Iraq.
US Marines - Fallujah, Iraq
Briefed by US Marine General James T. Conway
Minnesota Army National Guard - Peacekeepers in Bosnia
Congressional Visit to Iraq - Kuwait
Air National Guard C-130 Rides to / From Iraq
Commissioning of USS Ronald Reagan
Commencement Address - St. John's University
Minnesota Air National Guard
Joined Secretary of the Navy Gordon England in welcoming home sailors who "kicked the door open" on the War on Terror.