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?
Copies of John Mearsheimer’s latest book The Great Delusion: Liberal Dreams and International Realities will be available for sale and signing after the program from the Book Cellar.