The balance of power in the Asia Pacific is undeniably shifting as a result of the growing power and influence of China, the rise of other middle powers, and the prospect of Western retrenchment. In his book, Restraining Great Powers: Soft Balancing From Empires to the Global Era, T.V. Paul counters traditional notions of balance-of-power theory to argue that states engage in “soft balancing,” by using international institutions, informal alignments, and economic instruments to constrain the power and threatening behaviour of dominant actors.

Join us for a discussion with T.V. Paul on the implications of soft balancing for the distribution of power in the Asia Pacific, based on his book. The discussion will be moderated by Srinath Raghavan.


4:45 to 5:00 p.m.

Welcome Tea and Coffee

5:00 to 5:10 p.m.

Introductory Remarks by Srinath Raghavan

5:10 to 5:30 p.m.

Presentation by T.V. Paul

5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Discussion with Participants


T.V. Paul

T.V. Paul is the James McGill Professor of International Relations in the department of Political Science at McGill University, Montreal, and a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. Paul specializes in international relations, especially international security and South Asia.


Srinath Raghavan

Srinath Raghavan is a senior fellow at Carnegie India. He is also a professor of International Relations and History at Ashoka University. His primary research focus is on the contemporary and historical aspects of India’s foreign and security policies.