John Mearsheimer is the R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science and the co-director of the Program on International Security Policy at the University of Chicago, where he has taught since 1982. He graduated from West Point in 1970, served five years as an officer in the U.S. Air Force, and then held fellowships at the Brookings Institution, Harvard University's Center for International Affairs, and the Council on Foreign Relations. Mearsheimer has written extensively about security issues and international politics more generally. He has published five books, including Conventional Deterrence (1983), The Tragedy of Great Power Politics (2001), and Why Leaders Lie: The Truth about Lying in International Politics (2011). He has also written many articles for both academic and popular publications, including International Security, Foreign Affairs, London Review of Books, New York Times, and Los Angeles Times.
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This short documentary film by Bill Callahan examines how the personal experiences of iconic IR theorists John Mearsheimer and Joseph S. Nye, Jr., on their first trips to China have framed their strategic understandings of U.S.-China relations.
If the China continues growing rapidly, the US will once again face a potential peer competitor, and great-power politics will return in full force.
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