International Order and Means of Influence as China Rises: A Symposium

2:00-5:00 p.m.
Thursday, November 21, 2019
Elliott School of International Affairs, 1957 E St. NW
Lindner Commons, 6th Floor, Room 602

The Institute for Security and Conflict Studies invites you to a symposium on the implications of the rise of China for the current international order and the means that China has at its disposal to project its influence around the globe. The symposium features the research of half a dozen current and former GW faculty supported by a Minerva grant from the U.S. Department of Defense. 


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2:00: Introduction and Overview
Prof. Charles Glaser (GWU)

2:15-3:30: Session I
“Flawed Framework: Why We Shouldn’t View China’s Rise as a Threat to the Liberal International Order,” Prof. Charles Glaser (GWU)

“Rules-Based Maritime Order and U.S.-China Competition,” Prof. Mike Mochizuki (GWU)

“Alliance Commitments and Nuclear Escalation Risk: Evidence from the Cold War, Implications for Asia Today,” Prof. Caitlin Talmadge (Georgetown)

3:30-3:45: Break

3:45-5:00: Session II
“Globalizing Patient Capital: The Political Economy of Chinese Finance,” Prof. Stephen Kaplan (GWU)

“Understanding How China’s Diaspora Policy Generates Influence,” Prof. Harris Mylonas (GWU)

“Picking Your Friends: Foreign-Imposed Regime Change and the Quality of Interstate Relations,” Prof. Alexander Downes (GWU)


    The Institute for Security and Conflict Studies mourns the loss of our good friend and colleague Janne Nolan, who passed away on June 26. Since 2011 Janne served as a Research Professor at the Elliott School and was based in the Institute. Janne was a truly remarkable woman: a leading expert on nuclear weapons, she held a Ph.D. from Tufts, authored nine books, taught at multiple universities, and held numerous governmental and non-governmental appointments. Most recently, she chaired the Nuclear Security Working Group, a non-partisan group dedicated to building expertise in nuclear policy. A regular attendee at the Security Policy Workshop, Janne stood out for her penetrating questions and irreverent sense of humor. We were lucky to have her as a colleague and will miss her very much.

    For additional remembrances of Janne, her career, and her profound influence on others, please see the following:

    • New York Times obituary by David Stout
    • Monkey Cage piece by Kori Schake
    • Reflections by Tamara Coffman Wittes and Michael O’Hanlon from the Brookings Institution, where Janne worked for a dozen years

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    About ISCS

    The Institute for Security and Conflict Studies (ISCS) is an energetic academic community dedicated to furthering the study of international security. Through a variety of programs and research initiatives we aim to advance scholarly research on international conflict and strengthen the field of security studies through graduate education; improve public understanding of key international security issues; and inform policy debates related to U.S. national security.

    Upcoming Events

    ISCS Security Policy Workshop Series Fall 2019

    Sept. 16 – Rosella Capella Zielinski, Boston University

    Title: Supplying War

    Sept. 26 – Charli Carpenter, University of Massachusetts–Amherst

    Title: The Stopping Power of Norms

    Oct. 7 – Ron Hassner, UC-Berkeley

    Title: How Torture Works: Evidence from the Spanish Inquisition

    Oct. 28 –  Mark Bell, University of Minnesota

    Title: The Path Dependence of Nuclear Thinking

    Nov. 4 – Jason Lyall, Dartmouth College

    Title: Inequality and Desertion

    Nov. 18 –  Ben Buchanan, Georgetown University

    Title: Watching the Watchers: Sources for Studying Cyber Operations

    Dec. 2 – Marina Henke, Northwestern University

    Title: Intervention Entrepreneurs and the Fall of the Libyan Dictator Gaddafi



    Recent Publications

    Jones, Z. M. and Lupu, Y. (2018), Is There More Violence in the Middle?. American Journal of Political Science, 62: 652-667. doi:10.1111/ajps.12373 PDF




    Harris Mylonas and Ariel Ahram. 2019. “Hierarchy, Sovereignty, and Adaptation in the Eastern Mediterranean,” in Litsas, Spyridon and Tziampiris, Aristotle (eds.) The New Eastern Mediterranean: Theory, Politics and States in a Volatile Era, Springer, pp. 31-43.





    Dragu, Tiberiu and Lupu, Yonatan, Collective Action and Constraints on Repression at the Endgame (2017). Comparative Political Studies, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: or PDF


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