Joshua Shifrinson, Assistant Professor of International Relations at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, participated in a recent workshop with Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs on “The End of the Cold War at 30: Continuity and Change.”
At the event, Shifrinson delivered two papers — the first – co-authored with James Goldgeier of American University investigates the roads not taken in U.S. foreign policy towards European security after the Cold War.
The second paper draws on elements of Shifrinson’s first book and newer research to discuss the course of U.S. foreign policy at Cold War’s end and its implications for IR theory. Both papers will be published in an edited volume in the near future.
Joshua R. Itzkowitz Shifrinson’s teaching and research interests focus on the intersection of international security and diplomatic history, particularly the rise and fall of great powers and the origins of grand strategy. He has special expertise in great power politics since 1945 and U.S. engagement in Europe and Asia. Shifrinson’s first book, Rising Titans, Falling Giants: How Great Powers Exploit Power Shifts (Cornell University Press, 2018) builds on extensive archival research focused on U.S. and Soviet foreign policy after 1945 to explain why some rising states challenge and prey upon declining great powers, while others seek to support and cooperate with declining states.