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CANCELLED: Panel Discussion on Great Powers

Due to inclement weather, federal offices are closed and the Washington History Seminar Panel Discussion, scheduled for Monday, January 14 at 4pm, is canceled. We apologize for the inconvenience, the WHS will meet again on Monday, January 28.


The opening session of the Spring 2019 Washington History Seminar will be a panel discussion featuring Joshua Shifrinson on Rising Titans, Falling Giant: How Great Powers Exploit Power Shifts; Joseph Parent and Paul MacDonald on Twilight of the Titans: Great Power Decline and Retrenchment; David Edelstein on Over the Horizon: Time, Uncertainty, and the Rise of Great Powers; Stacie Goddard on When Right Makes Might: Rising Powers and World Order.

Joshua Shifrinson is an Assistant Professor of International Relations with the Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University.  He is the author of Rising Titans, Falling Giants: How Great Powers Exploit Power Shifts, as well as articles in International Security, the Journal of Strategic StudiesThe Washington Quarterly, and other venues.  An expert in international security and U.S. foreign policy, Shifrinson earned a BA from Brandeis University and a PhD in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Stacie E. Goddard is professor of political science and director of the Madeleine K. Albright Institute at Wellesley College. Her most recent book, When Right Makes Might: Rising Powers and World Order was published by Cornell Studies in Security Affairs in 2018. Her articles have appeared in International Organization, International Security, International Studies Quarterly, International Theory, and Security Studies and her first book  Indivisible Territory and the Politics of Legitimacy: Jerusalem and Northern Ireland, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2010. Other writing has appeared in Foreign Policy, the Washington Post, and the New York Times.

David M. Edelstein is Associate Professor of International Affairs in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Center for Security Studies, and Department of Government at Georgetown University. He is the author of Occupational Hazards, also from Cornell.

Joseph M. Parent is associate professor of political science at the University of Notre Dame. He is author of Uniting States and coauthor of American Conspiracy Theories.

Paul K. MacDonald is associate professor of political science at Wellesley College. He is author of Networks of Domination.

The Washington History Seminar is co-chaired by Eric Arnesen (George Washington University) and Christian Ostermann (Woodrow Wilson Center) and is sponsored jointly by the National History Center of the American Historical Association and the Wilson Center's History and Public Policy Program. It meets weekly during the academic year. The seminar thanks the Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest and the George Washington University History Department for their support.