The 14th Annual Kenneth N. Waltz Lecture in International Relations
The Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies presents:
The 14th Annual Kenneth N. Waltz Lecture in International Relations: “American Power and the Short Peace” with William C. Wohlforth, Dartmouth College
Thursday, February 1, 2024
Presidential Room 1, Faculty House (See here for directions to Faculty House)
Introduced by V. Page Fortna, Director, Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies; Harold Brown Professor of US Foreign and Security Policy, Department of Political Science, Columbia University
Moderated by Richard K. Betts, Leo A. Shifrin Professor Emeritus of War and Peace Studies; Professor Emeritus of International and Public Affairs; Special Research Scholar, Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies
With William C. Wohlforth, Daniel Webster Professor of Government, Dartmouth College (see bio here).
After 1991 the international system witnessed the greatest reduction in violence in its history, sparking a cottage industry of scholars seeking to understand this welcome sea change. Most of their explanations, Wohlforth argues, are related to US power and the purposes to which it was put. It follows that further US decline, and a potentially dramatic shift in US global aims, have baleful implications for peace.
About the Lecture:
The Annual Kenneth N. Waltz Lecture in International Relations was established by the Institute in September, 2008, in celebration of Waltz’s many outstanding contributions to the field of international relations. Waltz was forever grateful to the Institute for giving him office space and collegial support while he completed his first book, Man, the State, and War. Read more here.