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? Listen in as Professor Friedberg examines the relationship between China and the United States and the implications for American leadership in the 21st century.
Aaron L. Friedberg is a professor of politics and international affairs at Princeton University.