Bilkent University International Relations Research Seminar Series, 2020-2021, V

On November 19, 2020, Bilkent's International Relations Seminar Series hosted Professor Charles Doran (Johns Hopkins University - School of Advanced International Studies). Prof. Doran delivered a talk about power cycle theory, which he introduced in 1964, followed by a comparison between his theory, power transition theory, hegemonic stability theory, and long cycle theory. His presentation also included a discussion of the most recent dataset he created to test the theory, which covers the period from 1990 to 2017 and its applications. Prof. Doran engaged with key questions such as whether the United States is in decline, whether China's rise will continue, and if China can become the hegemon for the whole system.

Short Bio:
Charles Doran is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of International Relations, Director of the Global Theory and History Program, and Director of Canadian Studies. He also oversees General International Relations and established the school's Global Politics and Religion Initiative. Before joining the faculty in 1979, he was professor and director of the international relations program at Rice University. An analyst of structural change and security in world politics, Doran created the power cycle theory of state rise and decline, revolutionizing the static understanding of neo-realism. His honors include: Donner Medal, Governor General’s International Award, and APSA Lifetime Achievement Award in Canadian Studies, and the International Studies Association’s Distinguished Scholar Award (Foreign Policy). Doran has published over 100 referred articles and books on the Great Powers, origins of major war, Middle East conflict, oil politics, energy security, political economy, and contemporary evolving power cycles. He has directed major research projects on North American trade, Persian Gulf energy security, and US-German-Japanese relations. He has consulted widely on international political security for the oil, banking, and chemical industries, and is a regular advisor to government and the press. Amidst strategic developments, he was called upon to lead policy assessments, testify before Congressional committees, and advise decision-makers regarding OPEC policy, Gulf security, Arctic security, global energy, and threat assessment rankings.

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