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The Future of American Power

This series brings together leading scholars from the UK and US for five seminars to discuss the nature and implications of changes in the relative power position of the United States in the international system.

The series begins with an event in which participants will seek clarity regarding the varying definitions of ‘power’ at work in debates in on this subject, and establish criteria for assessing change. At the second two seminars, participants will investigate more specifically what shift are occurring in the United States’ capacities, first in terms of ‘national power’, ie  resource-levels, economic size and military capabilities, and second in terms of its ‘structural power’, ie its position as an agenda-setter in international institutions and its political and cultural attractiveness (‘soft power’).

The fourth seminar will discuss rising powers, particularly China, and their capacity to rival the US in these areas. The concluding event of the series, hosted at Chatham House (the Royal Institute of International Affairs) will synthesis the findings of the series. The findings of the series will be presented in a Report on American Power, published at the end of the series.

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