Tom Long, SIS/PhD '13
I worked with tremendous and dedicated faculty members as a PhD student.
Currently, I'm studying how international asymmetry, or the power disparities between states, affects international relations over different periods of time. My work, which I started as an SIS PhD student, is important right now because poor management of asymmetrical relations has been a real problem for the US, and because it directly relates to rising powers around the world that are managing shifts in asymmetrical relationships with incumbent powers and neighbor states.
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