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Durham Castle Lecture Series: Prof. Michael Cox

13th March 2013, 19:45 to 21:30, The Great Hall, Prof. Michael Cox

“Power Shifts, Economic Change and the Decline of the West?”

13 March 2013

Professor Michael Cox

Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics


“Power Shifts, Economic Change and the Decline of the West?”


It has become the new truth of the early 21st century that the Western world we have known is fast losing its pre-eminence to be replaced by a new international system shaped either by the so-called BRICs, the ‘rest’ or, more popularly by that very broadly defined geographical entity known as Asia. This at least is how many economists, historians and students of world politics are now viewing the future of the larger international system. This essay does not dispute some self-evident economic facts. Nor does it assume that the world will look the same in fifty years time as it does now. It does however question the idea that there is an irresistible “power shift” in the making and that the West and the United States are in steep decline. Specifically it makes a number of critical arguments concerning the new narrative. 


This lecture is open to all, and seats are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Doors open: 7.45pm.
Lecture commences: 8.00pm
Questions and Answers: 9.00pm

The Durham Castle Lecture Series is devoted to bringing high-profile speakers to Durham who can contribute to academic and public discussion on issues of global significance. The presenters have made an outstanding contribution over a sustained period of time to their fields, making them ideal contributors to this new major lecture series.

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