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New book T.V. Paul «Restarting Great Powers. Soft Balancing from Empires to the Global Era»

On December 10 at the International Laboratory on World Order Studies and the New Regionalism the book by Thazha Varkey Paul - professor at the department of Political Science at McGill University (Canada) «Restarting Great Powers. Soft Balancing from Empires to the Global Era» (Yale University Press, 2018)» was presented.

In a new book T.V. Paul argues how subtler forms of balance-of-power politics can help states achieve their goals against aggressive powers without wars or arms races. Rather than employ familiar strategies such as active military alliances and arms buildups, leading powers have engaged in “soft balancing,” which seeks to restrain threatening powers through the use of international institutions, informal alignments, and economic sanctions. Placing the evolution of balancing behavior in historical context, T.V.Paul places the evolution of balancing behavior in historical perspective from the post-Napoleonic era to today’s globalized world.