The global economic downturn might set the stage for long-term realignment of America’s power in the world in a manner not seen since World War II. Is China and its brand of capitalism poised to become the new nexus of power in a bipolar world and as China becomes America’s largest creditor? Did American exceptionism reach its zenith in 2003 with the invasion of Iraq and become permanently irreversible in September 2008? Has the recent ‘2025’ report on global trends by the National Intelligence Council already become out of date? How will the Obama Administration address these strategic implications after its first 100 days and how should it prepare the US people, including the business community, for a new and increasingly uncertain geopolitical reality? Known for his pull-no-punches perspectives on international relations, Dr. Mearsheimer will discuss the long-term implications of the daily headlines.
John Mearsheimer (Speaker)
R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science, The University of Chicago
John J. Mearsheimer is the R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science and the co-director of the Program on International Security Policy at the University of Chicago, where he has taught since 1982. He graduated from West Point in 1970 and then served five years as an officer in the U.S. Air Force. He received his Ph.D. in 1980. He spent the 1979-1980 academic year as a research fellow at the Brookings Institution, and was a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard University's Center for International Affairs from 1980 to 1982. During the 1998-1999 academic year, he was the Whitney H. Shepardson Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, and in 2003 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Professor Mearsheimer has written extensively about security issues and international politics more generally. He has published three books: Conventional Deterrence (1983), which won the Edgar S. Furniss, Jr., Book Award, Liddell Hart and the Weight of History (1988); and The Tragedy of Great Power Politics (2001), which won the Joseph Lepgold Book Prize. He has also written many articles that have appeared in academic journals like International Security, and popular magazines like The Atlantic Monthly. Furthermore he has written a number of op-ed pieces for The New York Times dealing with topics like Bosnia, nuclear proliferation, American policy towards India, and the failure of Arab-Israeli peace efforts.
Finally, Professor Mearsheimer has won a number of teaching awards. He received the Clark Award for Distinguished Teaching when he was a graduate student at Cornell in 1977, and he won the Quantrell Award for Distinguished Teaching at the University of Chicago in 1985. In addition, he was selected as a Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar for the 1993-1994 academic year. In that capacity, he gave a series of talks at eight colleges and universities.