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Global Power Shifts and the Future of International Order



How should we think about the effects of the ongoing rise of China? Or the future of liberal democracy in Asia and around the world?

In this talk, John M. Owens of the University of Virginia discussed the material power shift away from the United States, and its effects on American power, Chinese power, and international norms and institutions.


John M. Owen IV is Ambassador Henry J. and Mrs. Marion R. Taylor Professor of Politics, and a Faculty Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture, at the University of Virginia. His newest book is Confronting Political Islam: Six Lessons from the West’s Past (Princeton, 2014). He is author of The Clash of Ideas in World Politics: Transnational Networks, States, and Regime Change, 1510-2010 (Princeton, 2010), and of Liberal Peace, Liberal War: American Politics and International Security(Cornell, 1997), and co-editor of Religion, the Enlightenment, and the New Global Order (Columbia, 2011). He has published in the European Journal of International RelationsForeign AffairsInternational Organization, Internationale Politik und Gesellschaft, International Security, International Studies Quarterly, National Interest, New York Times, Perspectives on Politics, and a number of edited volumes. Currently he is working on two research projects: “Soft Power, America, and the Future of International Order” and “Fifth Columns in Peace and War.” Owen holds an A.B. from Duke University, an M.P.A. from Princeton University, and a Ph.D. from Harvard University. He has held fellowships at Harvard, Stanford, Princeton, and Oxford universities. His research has been supported by grants from the Mellon, MacArthur, Donchian, Earhart, and Smith Richardson foundations and the Army Research Laboratory. From July 2011 through June 2014 he was Editor-in-Chief of Security Studies. He is on the editorial board of that journal and of International Security.