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Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor, Emeritus


2023, Book: "The following essays selected from my last three decades of writing illustrate a variety of perspectives on the nature of power and the US role in the world. A careful reader may notice some changes of emphasis over time, but also some constants. The US and China are the two largest economies in the world. We are heavily interdependent. China is a rising power and the US is an established power, but that need not lead to war which would be devastating for both countries as well as for the world economy. China and the US do not pose an existential threat to each other. On the contrary, both countries can gain from cooperation. While some degree of great-power competition is unavoidable, it is best to think of it in terms of a managed competition or a cooperative rivalry."