China and the United States: A Contest for Supremacy?

Aaron L. Friedberg, Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Princeton University

The United States has been a dominant force in the transformation of the international system over the last century and the unrivaled source of global leadership in the post-Cold War environment. Today, the balance of power is shifting, and American leadership faces one of the greatest challenges of the modern era. In response to China’s growing economic strength and rising ambition, America is pivoting its strategic priorities from Europe and the Greater Middle East to Asia. Can the United States and China find common ground for cooperation in the international system, or do ideological differences and the nature of great power politics mean they are destined to be rivals? Join Professor Friedberg for the first program of the spring 2012 Chicago and the World Forum series as he examines the relationship between China and the United States and the implications for American leadership in the 21st century.

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His latest book, A Contest for Supremacy: China, America, and the Struggle for Mastery in Asia, will be available for purchase and signing following the program.

Generous support for the Chicago and the World Forum series each year is provided by the Robert R. McCormick Foundation.