Bilkent IR Talks, Spring 2021-3

On March 9, 2021 Professor Alexander Cooley (Columbia University) delivered a lecture titled "Still Exiting from Hegemony: Why the Biden Administration Can’t Rebuild the American Global Order" for IR Talks @Bilkent. The lecture was based on Prof. Cooley's recent book, co-authored with Prof. Daniel Nexon (Georgetown University), titled Exit from Hegemony. The Unraveling of the American Global Order (Oxford University Press 2020). The talk offered a framework for understanding the transformation of the liberal hegemonic order. It focused on the alternative regional institutions and counter-norms proposed by challengers like Russia and China, the security partnerships between weaker states and these rising hegemons, and the rise of illiberal transnational networks.

Short Bio:
Alexander Cooley is the Claire Tow Professor of Political Science at Barnard College and Director of Columbia University's Harriman Institute. His research examines how external actors—including emerging powers, international organizations, multinational companies, NGOs, and Western enablers of grand corruption—have influenced the development, governance, and sovereignty of the former Soviet states, focusing on Central Asia and the Caucasus. He is the author and/or editor of seven academic books including, Dictators without Borders: Power and Money in Central Asia (2017) and most recently, Exit from Hegemony: the Unravelling of the American Global Order (2020). Professor Cooley also serves on several international advisory boards and has testified for the United States Congress and Helsinki Commission. His opinion pieces have appeared in New York Times, Foreign Policy, and Foreign Affairs. His research has been supported by fellowships and grants from the Open Society Foundations, Carnegie Corporation, and the German Marshall Fund of the United States, among others. He holds both MA and Ph.D. degrees from Columbia University.

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