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Historical debates on power transitions must be recovered

It is a widely held fact among Western policymakers and academics that power transitions tend to bring tension and conflict, if not war, to world politics. In a new research project, Peter Marcus Kristensen, Postdoc at the Department of Political Science, will examine how this fact about ‘rising powers’ became naturalized and now limits our possibility for thinking power shifts as peaceful. He will revisit historical debates on power transition and reform of the global order. Peter Marcus Kristensen believes that history can provide alternative visions for how to facilitate peaceful change in the global balance of power. The researcher is awarded a grant from the Danish Council for Independent Research Initiative Sapere Aude DFF-Research Talent.