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IRGS Seminar: Resurging Great Power Competition and Changing Regional Orders: Is Peaceful Change Possible

Event Date: 
Thursday, May 5, 2022 -

You are all cordially invited to an in-person IRGS Seminar titled Resurging Great Power Competition and Changing Regional Orders: Is Peaceful Change Possible? by Prof. T.V. Paul, James McGill Professor of International Relations, Department of Political Science, McGill University, Montreal, Canada. The seminar would be held on Thursday, 5 May 2022, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM in room D330.

The Russian offensive on Ukraine that began in February 2022 signaled the end of a three decade long great power peace and the beginnings of an era of a new cold war or even hot war.  In the third decade of the 21st century, great power competition is once again at the forefront of international politics, although it is assuming a different form than what we witnessed during the Cold War. With the end of the great power peace that followed the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, today we are witnessing a curious resurgence of competition and conflict among them in both old and new domains. These include competition in the world’s key regions in both economic and security dimensions and in the cyberspace. The Russian offensive action against Ukraine and NATO’s determination to expand to Russia’s ‘sphere of influence’ as well as a new US-led containment strategy are the latest manifestations of this resurgent great power competition in the regions. How do these resurgent conflicts affect regional peace and peaceful change? Is the scholarship on systemic/regional interactions, mainly developed during the Cold War era sufficient to understand these new dynamics? What does the past tell us of the present and the future? What new tools do we need in order to explain patterns of regional orders and the impact of systemic rivalries on these orders and vice versa?

Speaker Bio
Prof. T.V. Paul is James McGill Professor of International Relations in the Department of Political Science at McGill University, Montreal, Canada and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He served as the President of International Studies Association (ISA) for 2016-17. He is the Founding Director of the Global Research Network on Peaceful Change (GRENPEC). Paul is the author or editor of 22 books and over 80 scholarly articles/book chapters in the fields of International Relations, International Security, and South Asia. He is the author of the books: The Unfinished Quest: India’s Search for Major Power Status from Nehru to Modi (Oxford University Press, forthcoming, 2023); Restraining Great Powers: Soft Balancing from Empires to the Global Era (Yale University Press, 2018); The Warrior State: Pakistan in the Contemporary World (Oxford University Press, 2013); Globalization and the National Security State (with N. Ripsman, Oxford University Press, 2010); The Tradition of Non-use of Nuclear Weapons (Stanford University Press, 2009); India in the World Order: Searching for Major Power Status (with B.R. Nayar Cambridge University Press, 2002); Power versus Prudence: Why Nations Forgo Nuclear Weapons (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2000); and Asymmetric Conflicts: War Initiation by Weaker Powers (Cambridge University Press, 1994).  He is the lead editor of the Oxford Handbook of Peaceful Change in International Relations (Oxford University Press, 2021). Paul currently serves as the editor of the Georgetown University Press book series: South Asia in World Affairs. For more, see:

Thursday 05, May 2022
12:00 PM - 01:30 PM