Shifrinson Published in International Security

Joshua Shifrinson, Assistant Professor of International Relations at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, wrote an article that was published in International Security – the leading journal in international relations – on July 20, 2020. 

The article, titled “Partnership or Prediction? How Rising States Contend with Declining Great Powers,” examines how rising great powers manage and respond to declining peers, using insights from IR theory, U.S. foreign policy, and a range of rising state-declining state interactions in diplomatic history.

An excerpt:

International relations scholarship overwhelmingly expects that relatively rising states will threaten and challenge declining great powers. In practice, however, rising states can also cooperate with and support declining powers. What explains the rising state’s choice of policy? When do rising states support or prey on declining great powers, and why do such strategies vary across time and space?

The full journal article can be found here.

Joshua R. Itzkowitz Shifrinson is an Assistant Professor at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, where his 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 is author of Rising Titans, Falling Giants: How Great Powers Exploit Power Shifts (Cornell University Press, 2018) and his work has appeared with International Security, the Journal of Strategic StudiesForeign Affairs, and other venues.  Read more about him here.