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Partial Hegemony: Oil Politics and International Order (Book Launch)

In his new book, Partial Hegemony: Oil Politics and International Order, Dr. Jeff Colgan unpacks the role that oil politics has played in the global order to illustrate that “the” liberal international order is actually made up of subsystems that operate individually and can undergo significant changes without upending international order. This fresh perspective on international order can inform more effective design of new international governing arrangements on topics ranging from climate change to peacekeeping, and nuclear proliferation to the global energy transition.

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Friday
Mar. 4, 2022
11:00am – 12:30pm ET

Overview

International governing arrangements shape our world. From the food on your table to protection from nuclear war, governing arrangements between states, private industry, and international organizations enable daily life. But emerging threats—like climate change and simmering US-China hostility—lead many to worry that the “liberal order,” or the US position within it, is at risk.

In his new book, Partial Hegemony: Oil Politics and International Order, Dr. Jeff Colgan unpacks the role that oil politics has played in the global order to illustrate that “the” liberal international order is actually made up of subsystems that operate individually and can undergo significant changes without upending international order. This fresh perspective on international order can inform more effective design of new international governing arrangements on topics ranging from climate change to peacekeeping, and nuclear proliferation to the global energy transition.

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Panelists

Jeff Colgan

Jeff D. Colgan

Fellow;
Richard Holbrooke Associate Professor of Political Science, Brown University

Elizabeth Saunders, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

Hon. Robert Scher

Head of International Affairs, BP; former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy, Plans, and Capabilities

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