A group photo of the graduating class of Senior Executive Seminar 13-10.

Marshall Center Senior Executive Seminar examines global shifts.

Global Power Shift

October 2013, Number 04.04

“At first thought, “the global shift of power” is a self explanatory phrase often used in reference to the shift of power from “The West” — represented mainly by the United States — to emerging powers, especially China. But what exactly is meant by power? How will this power shift take place? Are there winners and losers? What are the consequences, and how should global leaders respond to the opportunities and challenges created by changes in the international system?

Seventy-three senior government and military leaders from 48 countries assembled at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies to discuss these questions at “The Global Shift of Power: Challenges, Opportunities and Security Implications for the U.S., Europe and the World” Senior Executive Seminar (SES). The International Senior Enlisted Seminar (ISES) also addressed these issues parallel to and in cooperation with the SES and consisted of 47 military attendees from 33 countries. Participants examined different aspects of power and how they relate to Asia’s growing international role...”

Excerpt from Lenya Meissner, “Global Power Shift,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues  4, No. 4, 2013: 58-61.

Lenya Meissner is a graduate student studying international relations at the Free University of Berlin, the Humboldt University of Berlin and the University of Potsdam. Her interests include foreign and security studies, specifically international cooperation, conflict resolution, and strategic foreign policymaking. She is also an expert on current progress and perspectives regarding Turkey’s candidacy to the European Union. She earned a bachelor’s degree from University College Maastricht in the Netherlands. During an internship at the Marshall Center, she helped organize the Marshall Center’s senior executive seminar conducted in September 2013.

This article reflects the views of the author and are not necessarily the official policy of the United States, Germany, or any other governments.