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Liberal Leviathan: the Origins, Crisis, and Transformation of the American World Order

19 May 2011 - 13:30 to 14:30

Chatham House, London


G. John Ikenberry, Albert G. Milbank Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Department of Politics and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University
Chair: Xenia Dormandy, Senior Fellow, US International Role, Chatham House



In the second half of the 20th century, the United States engaged in the most ambitious and far-reaching liberal order-building the world had yet seen. However, in the last decade the American-led order has been troubled. Some argue that the Bush administration, with its war on terror, invasion of Iraq and unilateral orientation, undermined this liberal order. Others argue that the American era is nearing its end. The speaker will argue that the crisis that besets the American-led order is a crisis of authority. He will provide a forceful message for policy-makers about why America must renegotiate its relationship with the rest of the world and pursue a more enlightened strategy: that of the liberal leviathan.