Kent Calder on the Logic of New Continentalism

In the newest China Pivots West podcast, KENT CALDER joins me to discuss his newest book, The New Continentalism: Energy and Twenty-First-Century Eurasian Geopolitics. The heart of new continentalist logic lies in the geographic proximity between major energy consumers and major energy producers, which undergirds their symbiotic relationship in the post-Cold War era. Our conversation covers the concept of critical junctures, domestic political economies, emerging ententes, and the future of U.S. policy toward the Eurasian continent.

Kent Calder is currently Director of the Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies at SAIS/Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C. Before arriving at SAIS in 2003, he taught for twenty years at Princeton University, and also as Visiting Professor at Seoul National University, and Lecturer on Government at Harvard University. Calder has served as Special Advisor to the U.S. Ambassador to Japan (1997-2001), Japan Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (1989-1993 and 1996); and as the first Executive Director of Harvard University’s Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, during 1979-1980.

Kendrick Kuo