Shifrinson Discusses Grand Strategy Under Biden

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On February 10, 2021, Joshua Shifrinson, Assistant Professor of International Relations at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, discussed United States grand strategy under the Biden administration during the John Quincy Adams Society’s (JQAS) Digital Discussions webinar series.  

During the event, co-hosted by the University of Minnesota’s JQAS chapter, Shifrinson explored the massive shifts in the United States’ strategic environment, the rise of China, the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, and what direction U.S. global strategy will head in the future.

Shifrinson focused his remarks on the Biden administration’s efforts to reassert U.S. leadership in international affairs as well as the structural strategic and domestic difficulties of doing so. In the process, he outlined an alternative approach anchored on a less assertive U.S. stance in international security affairs and the benefits this might offer U.S. and international security.

Details on JQAS’s Digital Discussion series can be found online.

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. His work has appeared with International Security, the Journal of Strategic StudiesForeign Affairs, and other venues.  Read more about Professor Shifrinson on his faculty profile.