Author Biography

Dr. Iskren Ivanov is visiting scholar in the University of Texas at Austin and senior lecturer in Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”. Iskren is former visiting fellow in the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, University of Delaware, Princeton and Yale. Dr. Ivanov is also Visiting Researcher in the New Sorbonne University Paris III. His research interests include U.S. National Security Policymaking, U.S. – Russia – China relations and U.S. Foreign Policy.



Subject Area Keywords

Defense policy, Foreign policy, National security, North America, Security studies


COVID19 turned out to be one of the deadliest diseases in history. The United States faced a series of new challenges after the Coronavirus spread throughout the world. China is taking advantage of the pandemic to challenge the U.S. global dominance. The main purpose of this article is to analyze the role of the United States in the postpandemic security architecture at a global level. The basic claim of the article is that Washington should reshape U.S. smart power in order to preserve the American global dominance. The article’s claim rests on the assumption that smart power is the most effective instrument of U.S. Foreign Policy in the post-Cold War era. It was U.S. smart power that allowed Washington to maintain its global leadership after the 9/11 attacks. The Coronacrisis will have longterm consequences for the global security architecture. However, this article argues that the Coronavirus pandemic will not change the global order.


I would like to thank the Journal of Strategic Security for giving young professionals like me the opportunity to publish their articles. I would also like to thank my reviewers for their recommendations, remarks and comments.