Professor Layne Receives Prestigious Research Grant

May 25, 2016

Chistopher Layne

Dr. Christopher Layne

Dr. Christopher Layne, University Distinguished Professor of International Affairs and Robert M. Gates Chair in National Security, has been awarded a $155,000 research grant from the Charles Koch Foundation.  The grant will enable him to go on leave during the 2016-2017 academic year, when he will work to complete his book manuscript, After the Fall:  International Politics, U.S. Grand Strategy, and the End of the Pax Americana, which is under contract with Yale University Press.

“As the presidential nomination races demonstrate, American foreign policy is in flux as new realities challenge old bedrock assumptions,” said Layne. “I am grateful to the Charles Koch Foundation for its generous support of this project. I hope the book will have a major impact on the debate about America’s role in the world in a time of geopolitical and economic change.”

Layne’s book looks at the decline of the United States’ relative power, along with its ability to manage global economics and security, and what the future holds for international politics. With the rise of China and other emerging powers, the United States’ role as stabilizer of key regions and guardian of the global commons will diminish. As Layne has predicted for many years in outlets such as The Atlantic, International Studies Quarterly, and The National Interest, among others, the post-1945 “Pax Americana” will be replaced by an international order reflecting the interests, values, and norms of other emerging powers.

A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Layne has contributed extensively to the debates about international relations theory and American foreign policy in scholarly and policy journals such as International Security, International Studies Quarterly, International History Review, Security Studies, and International Politics, among many others. He has also been a frequent contributor to The Atlantic, The New Republic, The Nation, Financial Times, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, and the Australian. Layne has previously published two books: The Peace of Illusions: American Grand Strategy from 1940 to the Present (Cornell University Press, 2006) and (with Bradley A. Thayer) American Empire: A Debate (Routledge, 2006).

The grant was received from the Charles Koch Foundation, which supports scholars and researchers at more than 250 universities and colleges around the country in order to facilitate a deeper understanding of the link between free societies and well-being.

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