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How to Become a Hegemon


In this episode NUPI's Ole Jacob Sending sits down with Professor Dan Nexon of Georgetown University to talk about how international political leadership – or hegemony – is established and undone. 


Nexon argues that hegemony is established through the supply of (public) goods – such as security – for other states. This is what the US has been doing for decades, but now China is trying to replace the US, providing alternative goods and also seeking to reduce the value of what the US has to offer.


This episode of The World Stage is a part of the Geopolitics Center, led by NUPI.


  • International economics
  • International investments
  • Globalisation
  • Foreign policy
  • Governance


Daniel Nexon
Professor in the School of Foreign Service and the Department of Government at Georgetown University