Study Group on Contending Visions of International Order

Staff: Charles A. Kupchan
July 1, 2001 - Present

This project helps to foster the study of and debate about an American grand strategy for the twenty-first century. The group examines contending visions of order and seeks to promote a more fertile discussion of desirable outcomes and how policymakers can achieve them.

The first book generated by this study group was The End of the American Era: U.S. Foreign Policy and the Geopolitics of the Twenty-first Century, by Charles A. Kupchan, the project director. The study group played a key role in providing feedback on the book during the drafting of the manuscript. The book addresses how the United States can manage peacefully the transition to a world of multiple centers of power.

The current phase of the study group focuses on understanding the sources of stable peace -- how groupings of countries can form lasting partnerships and eliminate geopolitical competition. A book on this topic, along with several articles, will be the main published product. The book will examine a number of historical case studies of rapprochement, security communities and unions, exploring how zones of peace form and when and why they sometimes unravel. The book will draw policy conclusions relevant to preserving current zones of peace -- such as the Atlantic community -- as well as building new ones -- such as in East Asia.

The Contending Paradigms Study Group is made possible through the generosity of John McCloy.

Publications

Meetings

The End of the American Era and the Foreign Policy Challenges of the Future

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The End of the American Era and the Foreign Policy Challenges of the Future

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The End of the American Era and the Foreign Policy Challenges of the Future

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The End of the American Era and the Foreign Policy Challenges of the Future

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The End of the American Era and the U.S. Foreign Policy Challenges of the Future

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After Pax Americana

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The End of the American Era

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After Pax Americana (New York)

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The End of the Unipolar Moment

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The Grand Strategy and the Paradox of American Power

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Grand Strategy and the Paradox of American Power

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Hegemony or Multipolarity in the 21st Century?

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