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America's Unipolar Order: liberal hegemony or revisionist empire?

Tuesday 24 June, 6.30pm
Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House

American global power is unprecedented and, in the hands of the Bush administration, it has unsettled people and governments around the world.

Professor G John Ikenberry, Georgetown University, will be speaking on America's Unipolar Order: liberal hegemony or revisionist empire? on Tuesday 24 June at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

America's international pre-eminence has always been based on a mix of force and consent, but is it increasingly turning into an order based on unilateral force? What precisely is the character of US domination today? What are the restraints on US power, if any? How tied is the United States to international rules and institutions?

Ikenberry argues that the Bush administration wields an ideologically- driven and revisionist foreign policy agenda that is profoundly unsentimental about America's own past accomplishments and liberal commitments to cooperative and rule-based international order. But, nevertheless, the deep foundation of America's role in the world is still what could be called 'hegemonic order with liberal characteristics'. This order will outlast unsustainable and self-encircling imperial impulses on display today.

G John Ikenberry is the Peter F Krogh Professor of Geopolitics and Global Justice at Georgetown University. He is also the first director of the Mortara Center for International Affairs at Georgetown University. His most recent publication is After Victory: institutions, strategic restraint, and the rebuilding of order after major wars.

This lecture is part of a series of Miliband Lectures on American Power in the 21st Century and will be chaired by Professor Held, Graham Wallas Professor of Political Science and convener of the Miliband Programme. It is free and open to all with no ticket required.


To reserve a press ticket, contact Jessica Winterstein on 020 7955 7060 or email j.winterstein@lse.ac.uk| 


The Miliband Programme was set up in 1996 through an anonymous benefaction to LSE from a former PhD student, who had been inspired by 'Ralph Miliband's contribution to social thought'. He specified that the funding be used in memory of his friend and mentor 'to advance his spirit of free social inquiry' and diversity of thought that has always been the hallmark of the LSE.

The donor's wishes to continue Ralph Miliband's intellectual tradition are being carried out through a combination public lecture series and the appointment of visiting teaching fellows. For more information on the Miliband Programme, see The Ralph Miliband Programme|.  

This event is part of the Miliband Lectures on American Power in the 21st Century series. Previous speakers have included Professor Joseph Nye, Robert Cooper, Robert Kagan, Professor Michael Cox and Dr Abdelwahab El-Affendi.

13 June 2003