Shifrinson Presents At University Of Chicago IR Workshop

May 15, 2019

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Joshua Shifrinson, Assistant Professor of International Relations at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, recently spoke as part of the University of Chicago’s Spring 2019 International Relations Workshop.

The workshop brought together a range of scholars who deploy archival and historical methods in their research.  Shifrinson presented a new paper on the United States’ efforts to suppress the nascent European Union as a rival great power – the focus of his next book project – drawing on recently declassified documents from the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library.

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. 



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