“America and the Liberal International Order” In Discussion at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs
Since the end of the Cold War the United States has sought to remake the world in its own image. To this end successive administrations have promoted the concept of liberal hegemony, based around the principles of democracy, human rights, free trade, and multilateralism. But preserving this global order has been costly, leading the US into war or to act in ways that run counter to its values. And as the election of President Trump has shown, sections of the American public have begun to grow weary of this approach. Is liberal hegemony doomed to fail and, if so, what objectives should drive US foreign policymaking? To answer these questions, Worldview will join John Mearsheimer before a live audience at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Mearsheimer is R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago and author of the new book The Great Delusion: Liberal Dreams and International Realities.