2 Events

Seminar - Open to the Public

Looking Up: Rising States and Great Power Decline since 1945

Thu., Jan. 31, 2013 | 12:15pm - 2:00pm

Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

Will a rising China challenge the interests and security of a declining United States? If so, when and under what circumstances? This project offers a theory to explain when and why rising states challenge declining great powers rather than pursue strategies of accommodation and restraint.Please join us! Coffee and tea provided.

Everyone is welcome, but admittance will be on a first come–first served basis.

The Soviet flag flies over the Kremlin at Red Square in Moscow, Russia, Dec. 21, 1991. The flag was replaced by the Russian flag on Jan. 1, 1992. The signing of the commonwealth of former republics agreement in Alma Alta brought an end to the USSR.

AP Photo

Seminar - Open to the Public

Life on the Downward Slope: Assessing the Consequences of Great Power Decline

Thu., Feb. 9, 2012 | 12:15pm - 2:00pm

Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

Will rising states such as China and India seek to rollback U.S. power and influence as the United States faces a period of relative decline? Or, are there policies the United States can adopt today to limit the possibility that rising states will try to exploit U.S. weaknesses in the future? Many U.S. policymakers seem to believe that the United States can discourage rising states from exploiting U.S. weaknesses as the distribution of power shifts in their favor by embedding them in international institutions and promoting their gradual democratization. Drawing on an in-depth examination of U.S. policy towards the Soviet Union over the course of 1988 to 1991, this project challenges the conventional wisdom. Far from institutional embeddedness or one's domestic makeup, it is declining state's strategic value to other states in the international system that determines the behavior of rising states towards a declining great power.

Please join us! Coffee and tea provided. Everyone is welcome, but admittance will be on a first come–first served basis.