PhotoT.V. Paul is James McGill Professor of International Relations in the department of Political Science at McGill University. Paul specializes and teaches courses in international relations, especially international security, regional security and South Asia. He is the author or editor of 16 books (all published through major university presses) and nearly 60 journal articles or book chapters.

T.V. Paul was elected as the 56th President of International Studies Association and on March 17, 2016 he took charge as ISA President for 2016-17. He delivered the presidential address on the theme: “Recasting Statecraft: International Relations and the Strategies of Peaceful Change.”  In the presentation, he called for the International Relations discipline and its theoretical paradigms to devote more attention to strategies for achieving enduring peace among states. For the full text of the speech, see: ISA Presidential Address . For the Power point see: ISA Presidential Address PowerPoint .

Watch T.V. Paul’s ISA Presidential Address, Atlanta, March 17, 2016

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New Book

Accommodating Rising Powers
Past, Present, and Future

As the world enters the third decade of the twenty-first century, far-reaching changes are likely to occur. China, Russia, India, and Brazil, and perhaps others, are likely to emerge as contenders for global leadership roles. War as a system-changing mechanism is unimaginable, given that it would escalate into nuclear conflict and the destruction of the planet. It is therefore essential that policymakers in established as well as rising states devise strategies to allow transitions without resorting to war, but dominant theories of International Relations contend that major changes in the system are generally possible only through violent conflict. This volume asks whether peaceful accommodation of rising powers is possible in the changed international context, especially against the backdrop of intensified globalization. With the aid of historic cases, it argues that peaceful change is possible through effective long-term strategies on the part of both status quo and rising powers.

  • Proposes a new view of rising powers that will appeal to those who are concerned about the rise of China, Russia and the gradual ascendance of India and Brazil
  • Features case studies of past failures and successes of accommodating rising powers
  • Easy-to-follow theoretical discussion with great practical application


Table of Contents

          Part I. Mechanisms of Accommodation:

  1. The accommodation of rising powers in world politics T. V. Paul
  2. Realism, balance of power, and power transitions Steven E. Lobell
  3. Globalization, interdependence, and major power accommodation Philip Potter
  4. What would E. H. Carr say? How international institutions address peaceful political change Krzysztof J. Pelc
  5. The responsibility to accommodate: ideas and change Mlada BukovanskyPart II. Historical Cases:
  6. Seizing the day or passing the baton? Power, illusion, and the British Empire Ali Zeren and John A. Hall
  7. The US accommodation of communist China Lorenz M. Lüthi
  8. Accommodation and containment: Great Britain and Germany prior to the two world wars Martin Claar and Norrin M. Ripsman
  9. Did the US and the Allies fail to accommodate Japan in the 1920s and the 1930s? Jeffrey W. TaliaferroPart III. Contemporary Cases:
  10. China’s bargaining strategies for a peaceful accommodation after the Cold War Kai He
  11. Partial accommodation without conflict: India as a rising link power Aseema Sinha
  12. Brazil: revising the status quo with soft power? David R. Mares
  13. Prospects for the accommodation of a resurgent Russia Nicola ContessiPart IV. Conclusions:
  14. Great power accommodation and the processes of international politics Theodore McLauchlin.


“This volume takes on an important and timely topic: how should the world manage interstate power shifts in the interest of keeping peace and stability? The contributing authors study both past and current encounters between established and rising powers. They offer valuable insights for scholars and officials alike.”
Steve Chan, College Professor of Distinction, University of Colorado, Boulder

“In a moment of transition and change, this timely collection takes stock of what theory and history tell us about peaceful and violent power transitions. Sensitive to the distinctive conditions of contemporary world politics and relying on first-rate essays by his distinguished colleagues, T. V. Paul comes down sensibly on both sides of Hegel – this owl of Minerva also flies in the twilight.”
Peter J. Katzenstein, Walter S. Carpenter Jr, Professor of International Studies, Cornell University, New York

“T. V. Paul and his co-authors re-examine the conditions for peaceful international change in this sweeping set of theoretical and empirical studies. Including historical as well as contemporary cases, Accommodating Rising Powers illuminates the successful and unsuccessful strategies pursued by rising and incumbent powers as they bargain over the future global order.”
Miles Kahler, Distinguished Professor, School of International Service, American University and Senior Fellow for Global Governance, Council on Foreign Relations