Geostructural Realism and the Return of Bipolarity in International Politics
Wednesday, October 03, 2018 at 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Building E40, 496 (Pye Room)
1 AMHERST ST, Cambridge, MA 02142
SSP Wednesday Seminar
Øystein Tunsjø (Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies, Norwegian Defence University College)
This presentation first demonstrates that the current international system has returned to bipolarity by pointing to the narrowing power gap between China and the US, the widening power gap between China and any third ranking power, and the similar distribution of capabilities between the contemporary international system and the previous bipolar system. Second, it argues that Waltz's neorealist theory remains unfinished since he did not compare bipolar systems. Since no studies have compared states balancing behavior or examined the relative stability between two bipolar systems, the third objective is to refine Waltz's structural realist theory and present a new geostructural realist theory.