2 Events

Chinese President Hu Jintao, right, shakes hands with Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf during the welcoming ceremony for the Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation held in Beijing, China,  Nov. 4, 2006.

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Seminar - Open to the Public

Soft Interdependence and Conflict

Mon., Apr. 21, 2008 | 12:15pm - 2:00pm

Taubman Building - Kalb Seminar Room, Room 275

Most research linking interdependence and conflict implicitly assumes that the relationship is driven by the relative costs and benefits of trade and war. This article challenges that assumption by arguing that the pacifying effect of interdependence is generated by the psychological closeness and familiarity that frequent contact between societies engenders, rather than the cost that its absence would impose. The speaker terms this deeper product of societal interaction "soft interdependence" in order to differentiate it from the hard rationality of arguments based on the economic costs of conflict.

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


Seminar - Open to the Public

How to Reform a Rogue: Integration, Isolation, and International Conflict

Thu., Mar. 22, 2007 | 12:15pm - 2:00pm

Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

The speaker reassesses the ongoing debate about the relationship between international interdependence and conflict with the goal of informing U.S. foreign policy toward proliferation, sanctions, rogue states, and other international challenges where success hinges on an accurate understanding of the effect of integration and isolation on the behavior of other states. The findings support the liberal thesis that, all else equal, increased integration into the international system reduces the propensity toward conflict, while isolation contributes to conflict-prone behavior. There are, however, distinctions between various types of integration that have important implications for U.S. foreign policy toward international adversaries.?