The Contestants of the US-led International Order

Date: June 8, 2021 (6.00pm – 7.30pm)
Format: PhD Roundtable
Organizer: Sapienza University | Rome

 

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Abstract:
The rise of China and the resurgent assertiveness of Russia have triggered a lively debate on the decline of the US-led Liberal International Order (LIO), as Washington’s grip over international politics gradually loosens. Power and influence are apparently swaying away from the United States – the global hegemon after 1991 – towards other countries.
Within this major transformation, China has emerged forcefully as the most credible candidate to undermine and challenge US dominance. After having experienced a rise in its national power and reached nearly parity with the US in terms of economic resources, it is capable now to mount a serious challenge against the status quo. Russia, albeit not a credible long-term challenger given its persisting economic burdens, has proved a thorn in the side of the US strategy and is struggling to recover its great-power status lost with the end of the Cold War as well as its hegemony over the post-Soviet space. Rising to the perceived challenge, the 2017 US National Security Strategy has seemingly given a new twist to the US approach to Russia and China and branded them as ‘revisionist’ powers.
The Roundtable will gather Italian PhD Candidates to discuss from different perspectives the nature and objectives of the contestation by those countries commonly acknowledged as the challenger to the LIO: Beijing and Moscow.

Chairs:
• Gabriele Natalizia, Sapienza Università di Roma
• Andrea Carteny, Sapienza Università di Roma

Speakers:
• Lorenzo Termine, Sapienza Università di Roma
• Flavia Lucenti, Università degli Studi Roma Tre
• Carlo Catapano, Università degli Studi Roma Tre
• Nicolò Fasola, University of Birmingham

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