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Jennifer Lind
"The External Sources of Great Power Rise"
Friday, March 22, 2019, 03:30pm - 05:00pm
Mershon Center for International Security Studies
1501 Neil Ave.
Columbus, Ohio 43201

Jennifer Lind

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Jennifer Lind is Associate Professor in the Government department at Dartmouth College, a Faculty Associate at the Reischauer Institute for Japanese Studies at Harvard University, and a Research Associate at Chatham House, London. Professor Lind is the author of Sorry States: Apologies in International Politics, which examines the effect of war memory on international reconciliation (Cornell University Press, 2008). She has also authored numerous scholarly articles in journals such as International Security and International Studies Quarterly, and often writes for wider audiences in Foreign Affairs and National Interest. Her commentary is regularly quoted in The New York Times, Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and National Public Radio (NPR).

Lind has recently held visiting scholar positions at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, and at Waseda University, Japan. She previously worked as a consultant for RAND and for the Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of Defense. Her current research projects include an article about nationalism in Japan; an article about Chinese military effectiveness; and a book project about how countries rise to be great economic and military powers.


Why do some emerging great powers successfully move into the great power ranks while others fail? During their ascent, rising countries encounter both internal development challenges and external security threats. We argue that cooperation between rising and existing great powers – which can take the form of strategic partnerships, alignments, or formal alliances – can both provide knowledge and resources that abet a rising state’s internal development, as well as external security that limits the risk that other states will challenge and stymie a rise. Rather than engage in war or containment toward a rising state, a great power will be more likely to act as a patron depending on whether a) the rising state offers strategic value, and b) the rising state is able to reassure the existing power. The greater the value and the greater the reassurance, the greater the extent of the patronage and assistance. We illustrate these dynamics in the case of the Anglo-Japanese Alliance in the early twentieth century.


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