The Saltzman Institute is pleased to invite Michael Glosny, an Assistant Professor at the Naval Postgraduate School’s Department of National Security Affairs, as the latest lecturer in the Saltzman Security Speakers Series.

Dr. Glosny’s talk will focus on Chinese perceptions of actual and possible world orders. A unipolar “international structure” has been one of the main constraints of Chinese foreign policy during the post-Cold War era, and the judgment that multipolarity will not emerge soon has incentivized China to adopt a cooperative attitude towards the U.S. and other major powers. This constraint, however, is weakening. Even though the emergence of a multipolar world is still seen as a future development, Chinese academics and government think tankers have begun to openly discuss the positives and negatives of a potential multipolar world for China’s international environment. While the government line on “multipolarization” maintains that it is a force for peace, some Chinese scholars are arguing that if a multipolar world means a rising India, resurgent Russia, and militarizing Japan, this could lead to an international environment that is more complicated and more threatening.

Dr. Glosny is an expert on Chinese security policy and US alliances in East Asia. In addition to lecturing on international relations and Chinese foreign policy and political economy, he is an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for National Strategic Studies and has recently finished his Ph.D. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Glosny is also working on a book manuscript examining grand strategies of rising powers.