For the first time in a century, a set of large, populous and increasingly wealthy states—China, India and Russia—are on the cusp of achieving great-power status. These powers are entering an international system still governed by a “Western” conception of order and based on the primacy of post–World War II rules, drawn from liberal models of capitalism and democracy practiced in the U.S. and in Western Europe. In this context, the most important and most uncertain question facing the West over the next decade is this: What will be the relationship between the EU and the US vis-à-vis these rising powers? Will the transatlantic relationship hold and become stronger, faced with this new geopolitical and geo-economic challenge? Or will the US and the EU compete for economic and political advantage? The first phase of this three-year project examined these questions with respect to the rise of Russia and the political, economic and security issues that this shift raises for the transatlantic relationship. The second phase will bring scholars together for a conference on India in 2010 and on China in 2011.
Click here to read more information about our conference, “Responding to the Russian Challenge,” held at the UC Berkeley International House on April 2, 2009.