A new narrative for the 21st Century? Power shift, American decline and the rise of the East

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On Wednesday 7th March, POLSIS welcomed Professor Michael Cox of the London School of Economics to the weekly POLSIS Seminar Series. In a highly engaging discussion, Professor Cox presented the contrarian view that the conventional wisdom on declining American power has been greatly exaggerated. He maintained that the United States’ overwhelming military dominance and its preeminent position in the international economy is likely to persist in the medium term. He also made a case for greater scepticism regarding the might of ‘rising powers’ such as China, India and Brazil.

Michael Cox is Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics and founder and Director of the LSE research centre for International Affairs, Diplomacy and Strategy (LSE IDEAS). He is the author of numerous articles and edited volumes on US foreign policy and the Cold War. A list of recent publications can be found here. He is a former chair of the European Consortium on Political Research (ECPR) and of the US discussion group at Chatham House. He is a former editor of the Review of International Studies and International Relations and current editor of International Politics.

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