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America's Unipolar Order: Liberal Hegemony or Revisionist Empire?

Miliband Lecture on American Power in the 21st Century

Date: Tuesday 24 June 2003
Time: 6.30pm
Venue: Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House
Speaker: Professor G John Ikenberry
Chair: Professor David Held

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 book is After Victory: Institutions, Strategic Restraint, and the Rebuilding of Order After Major Wars.

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

This lecture is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first serve basis.

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