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The End of Arrogance: America in the Global Competition of Ideas

Prof Bruce W.Jentleson, Prof Steven Weber, Dr Nicholas Kitchen (chair)
09 February 2011, 6.30pm, Room B212

End of Arrogance book coverFree-market capitalism, hegemony, Western culture, peace, and democracy — the ideas that shaped world politics in the twentieth century and underpinned American foreign policy — have lost a good deal of their strength. Authority is now more contested and power more diffuse. Hegemony (benign or otherwise) is no longer a choice, not for the United States, for China, or for anyone else.

Steven Weber and Bruce Jentleson are not declinists, but they argue that the United States must take a different stance toward the rest of the world in the twenty-first century. Now that we can’t dominate others, we must rely on strategy, making trade-offs and focusing our efforts. And they do not mean military strategy, such as “the global war on terror.” Rather, we must compete in the global marketplace of ideas—with state-directed capitalism, with charismatic authoritarian leaders, with jihadism. In politics, ideas and influence are now critical currency. At the core of our efforts must be a new conception of the world order based on mutuality, and of a just society that inspires and embraces people around the world.


Bruce W Jentleson

Bruce W. Jentleson| is Professor of Public Policy and Political Science at Duke University.

Steven Weber

Steven Weber |is Professor of Political Science and Information Science at the University of California, Berkeley.



B212, 2nd Floor Columbia House, London School of Economics.