Regional Balancing in Scandinavia and Implications for U.S. Primacy

  • Datum: –12.00
  • Plats: Torgrummet, Theatrum Œconomicum, Gamla Torget 2, Uppsala
  • Föreläsare: Ciwan Maksut Can, PhD Candidate in International Politics at Fudan University, Shanghai
  • Arrangör: Department of Government and Uppsala Forum, both at Uppsala University
  • Kontaktperson: Anna Michalski
  • Föreläsning

In this presentation, Maksut Can will seek to place the role of small powers at the center of the debate on the durability of U.S. primacy. With a focus on Sweden and Finland, the presentation will explain how the increasing perception of a threatening regional great power pushes small powers closer towards the United States to balance the regional great power in their immediate neighborhood.

The debate on the durability of U.S. primacy has been dominated by balance of power and unipolar stability theorists who has largely ignored the role of small powers in international relations. Both balance of power and unipolar stability theorists seeks to predict the future of U.S. primacy by focusing on the impact the systemic distribution of aggregate power has on the behavior of states in the international system. In this presentation, Ciwan will seek to place the role of small powers at the center of the debate on the durability of U.S. primacy. With a focus on Sweden and Finland, the presentation will explain how the increasing perception of a threatening regional great power pushes small powers closer towards the United States to balance the regional great power in their immediate neighborhood.  In doing so, the alignment both prevents the regional great power to alter the existing politico-military status quo and reinforces the United States´ global power projection capabilities.

Short Bio: Ciwan Maksut Can