Conference: Weaponized Interdependence in World Politics

Oct. 10, 2019, 3:30pm-Oct. 11, 2019, 5:00pm (registration required)
Cabot 702, The Fletcher School, Tufts University, 160 Packard Ave., Medford, MA

Join the Russia and Eurasia Program at The Fletcher School at Tufts University for a conference on “Weaponized Interdependence in World Politics” on October 10-11, 2019. 

In their recent paper in International Security, Henry Farrell and Abraham Newman challenge traditional ways of thinking about complex interdependence by explaining how global economic networks shape state coercion. This reformulation affects how scholars and practitioners may think about hegemonic power in the 21st century. What areas of the global political economy are likely to be vulnerable to chokepoint effects and panopticon effects?

This paradigm shift also informs policy debates about how to approach everything from energy pipelines to developing the infrastructure for 5G. How sustainable is the open global economy if weaponized interdependence becomes a regular tool of statecraft? What are the possible responses from non-hegemonic actors? How does weaponized interdependence tie in with other research into economic power, and what are the policy implications? We will begin to address these questions at the conference.

The conference will consist of a keynote address and five panel discussions on weaponized interdependence and international relations theory, cyberspace, finance, energy and transit, as well as resistance and reaction to weaponized interdependence. The event is organized by the Fletcher Russia and Eurasia Program and sponsored by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Registration is required and can be found at this link.


Mohannad Al-Suwaidan, Tufts University

Mark Blyth, Brown University

Arik Burakovsky, Tufts University

Charli Carpenter, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Jonathan Caverley, U.S. Naval War College

Daniel Drezner, Tufts University

Henry Farrell, George Washington University

Martha Finnemore, George Washington University

Kelly Sims Gallagher, Tufts University

Stacie Goddard, Wellesley College

Emily Holland, U.S. Naval Academy

Bruce Jentleson, Duke University

Nadiya Kostyuk, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Jonathan Kirshner, Boston College

Mikhail Krutikhin, RusEnergy

Susan Landau, Tufts University

Anastasia Likhacheva, Higher School of Economics

Kathleen McNamara, Georgetown University

Amrita Narlikar, Universitat Hamburg

Abraham Newman, Georgetown University

Thomas Oatley, Tulane University

Barry Posen, MIT

Elizabeth Rosenberg, Center for a New American Security

Kaija Schilde, Boston University

Pavel Sharikov, Russian Academy of Sciences

Natasha Tusikov, York University

Thomas Wright, Brookings Institution

Rachel Ziemba, Ziemba Insights