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Challenges in international security: Why Biden can’t restore US global hegemony

Listen to a talk by Daniel Nexon and Alexander Cooley based on their recent book Exit from Hegemony: The Unravelling of American Global Order

In Exit from Hegemony, Cooley and Nexon explore three processes that have eroded US leadership: exit from above via great-power challengers, exit from below via weaker states leveraging the availability of new patrons, and exit from within via counter-order movements and political parties. They argue that Trump has been both a symptom and accelerant of these processes and discuss what a new Biden administration can and can’t do to alter the trajectory of change in the international order.

On December 3, 2020, Daniel Nexon, Professor at Georgetown University, and Alexander Cooley, Claire Tow Professor of Political Science at Barnard College and Director of Columbia University's Harriman Institute, shared insights based on their recent book Exit from Hegemony: The Unravelling of American Global Order. The event was chaired by Marina Henke, Professor of International Relations and Director of the Centre for International Security at the Hertie School. It was part of the new speaker series "Challenges in international security" hosted by the Centre for International Security.

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  • Marina Henke , Professor of International Relations | Director, Centre for International Security