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Joshua Shifrinson

Former Fellow

Professional affiliation

Assistant Professor of International Relations, Pardee School of Global Studies, Boston University


  • Cold War
  • History
  • Security and Defense
  • Asia
  • Europe
  • Russia and Eurasia

Wilson Center Projects


Full Biography

Joshua Shifrinson is an Assistant Professor of International Relations at Boston University. His first book, Rising Titans, Falling Giants: How Great Powers Exploit Power Shifts, was published by Cornell University Press in 2018; other research has appeared in International Security, the Journal of Strategic Studies, The Washington Quarterly, and other venues. A graduate of MIT and Brandeis University, Shifrinson’s research examines broad issues of great power politics, international security, and diplomatic history. Currently, he is engaged in several projects examining how great powers address potential security rivals, the conditions and pathways by which states coerce their allies, and options for addressing nuclear proliferation in politically fragile states.

Major Publications

  • Rising Titans, Falling Giants: How Great Powers Exploit Power Shifts
  • Deal or No Deal? The End of the Cold War and the U.S. Offer to Limit NATO Expansion
  • Neo-Primacy and the Pitfalls of US Strategy toward China

Previous Terms

  • Wilson China Fellow: March 1, 2020 — March 31, 2021
  • June 6–August 26, 2011