International Status-Seeking and the Olympics

We are five days into the 2020 Summer Olympics and we have already seen some tremendous highs and crushing lows. Despite all of the problematic elements of the Olympics (and there are many) I am an unabashed and unrelenting fan. The Olympics, being an international event, are also have important for international relations. the Olympics, […]

Chinese Hegemony? Probably Not part 2

I was going to write a post about how although American hegemony is not great for the world Chinese hegemony would be much worse and riffing off the recent imbroglio between the CCP and the NBA.  However, I just finished reading Michael Beckley’s new book Unrivaled: Why America Will Remain the World’s Sole Superpower and it […]

Chinese Hegemony? Probably not

International order is in flux.  With the U.S. governed by the racist grifter Donald Trump and a complicit in his crimes Republican party American leadership of the liberal international order is in serious question.  So what comes next?  It’s an interesting time in that there is a space for a more virtuous and left wing […]

Hegemonic Abdication Theory

(Image Source: https://www.h-schmidt.net/map/) Steve Saideman recently wrote a blog post about “Hegemonic Abdication Theory.”  Driven to exasperation about the latest news on the gutting of the State Department, Saideman writes: “Looks like we need to develop some new theory as Trump/Tillerson/Kushner/etc are now doing something that might unprecedented: simply giving up a country’s position as the main […]