William Wohlforth

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William Wohlforth

William Curti Wohlforth (born 1959) is the Daniel Webster Professor of Government in the Dartmouth College Department of Government, of which he was chair for three academic years (2006-2009). He is the author of Elusive Balance: Power and Perceptions during the Cold War (Cornell, 1993) and editor of Witnesses to the End of the Cold War (Johns Hopkins, 1996) and Cold War Endgame: Oral History, Analysis, and Debates (Penn State, 2003). Wohlforth published a seminal article [1] in 1999, challenging the common knowledge at the time that US supremacy following the end of the Cold War is expected to be short-lived[2]. He is linked to the Neoclassical realism-school and known for his work on American unipolarity, especially in collaboration with Stephen Brooks. Together they have published several articles and a book, World Out of Balance: International Relations Theory and the Challenge of American Primacy. Wohlforth was Editor-in-chief of Security Studies (journal) during 2008–2011.[3]


Wohlforth received his bachelor's degree in International Relations (summa cum laude) from Beloit College. He went on to receive his Master's and PhD from Yale University in International Relations as well.

See also


  1. ^ Wohlforth, William C. "The Stability of a Unipolar World," International Security Vol. 21, No. 1 (Summer 1999), pp. 5-41.
  2. ^ Dall'Agnol, Augusto C. "Balancing in unipolarity: who is afraid of balance of power?". Brazilian Journal of International Relations. Vol. 7, No. 3 (2018), pp. 494-515, for further discussions and critics on Wohlforth "unipolar stability".
  3. ^ https://home.dartmouth.edu/faculty-directory/sites/dartmouth.edu.faculty-directory/files/wcw_cv_7-2017.pdf