John Mearsheimer is the R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor in the Political Science Department at the University of Chicago, where he has taught since 1982.
Professor Mearsheimer believes that the great powers dominate the international system and they engage in an ongoing security competition with each other. Mearsheimer argues that the great powers of the world are primarily driven by a desire to achieve regional hegemony in an anarchic international system in which is there is no meaningful authority higher than the nation-state. For example, Mearsheimer asserts that China’s growing power will likely bring it into conflict with the United States.
This is a minority view among academics and policy-makers both in the United States and Europe. Yet, his views are worth understanding and considering. In this lecture, Professor Mearsheimer explains his point of view.
Although the Professor discusses Ukraine and Hungary, the lecture is generally applicable to international relations. Even if you end up not agreeing, the point of view is worth understanding.