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

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

Panelist John ShattuckChief Executive Officer, John F. Kennedy Library Foundation
Speaker Charles A. KupchanSenior Fellow and Director, Europe Studies, Council on Foreign Relations; Associate Professor of International Relations, Georgetown University
March 20, 2003

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

Panelist Miles KahlerDirector, Institute for International, Comparative, and Area Studies and Rohr Professor of Pacific International Relations, University of California, San Diego
Speaker Charles A. KupchanSenior Fellow and Director, Europe Studies, Council on Foreign Relations; Associate Professor of International Relations, Georgetown University
February 6, 2003

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

Panelist George Lee ButlerGeneral, USAF (Ret.)
Speaker Charles A. KupchanSenior Fellow and Director, Europe Studies, Council on Foreign Relations; Associate Professor of International Relations, Georgetown University
February 5, 2003

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

Panelist Peter SchwartzChairman, Global Business Network
Speaker Charles A. KupchanSenior Fellow and Director, Europe Studies, Council on Foreign Relations; Associate Professor of International Relations, Georgetown University
February 4, 2003

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

Panelist John E. RiellyAdjunct Professor of Political Science, Northwestern University
Speaker Charles A. KupchanSenior Fellow and Director, Europe Studies, Council on Foreign Relations; Associate Professor of International Relations, Georgetown University; Author, The End of the American Era
November 13, 2002

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After Pax Americana

Panelist Stephen M. WaltHarvard University
Speaker Charles A. Kupchan
June 7, 2001

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The End of the American Era

Presider Jay M. Vogelson(Dallas Host); Shareholder - Director, Stutzman & Bromberg
Panelist Rena M. PedersonEditorial Page Editor, Dallas Morning News
Speaker Charles A. KupchanWhitney H. Shepardson Fellow and Director of Europe Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
May 31, 2001

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After Pax Americana (New York)

Panelist James C. ChaceBard College
Speaker Charles A. KupchanProject Director; Whitney H. Shepardson Senior Fellow and Director, Europe, Council on Foreign Relations
May 10, 2001

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The End of the Unipolar Moment

Panelist James C. ChaceBard College
Speaker Charles A. KupchanProject Director; Whitney H. Shepardson Senior Fellow and Director, Europe, Council on Foreign Relations
May 2, 2001

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The Grand Strategy and the Paradox of American Power

Panelist Stephen M. WaltKennedy School of Government, Harvard university
Speaker Charles A. Kupchan
April 23, 2001

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Grand Strategy and the Paradox of American Power

Panelist James C. ChaceBard College
Speaker Charles A. Kupchan
April 11, 2001

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Hegemony or Multipolarity in the 21st Century?

Panelist Peter TarnoffPresident, International Advisory Corporation
Speakers Lawrence J. KorbVice President, Maurice R. Greenberg Chair, and Director of Studies, Council on Foreign Relations, Charles A. KupchanSenior Fellow and Director, Europe Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
January 6, 2000

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