Chatham House | 10 St James's Square | London | SW1Y 4LE
G John Ikenberry, Albert G Milbank Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Department of Politics and Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University
Mark Leonard, Director, European Council on Foreign Relations
Linda Yueh, Associate Fellow, Global Economy and Finance Department and US and the Americas Programme, Chatham House
Chair: Leslie Vinjamuri, Head of the US and the Americas Programme, and Dean of the Queen Elizabeth II Academy, Chatham House
American pre-eminence has been a defining feature of the post-Cold War international system. Tied to American power has been the concept of a liberal international order, defined by common interests, shared values, mutual protection and economic advancement. But with the collapse of the Soviet Union, the underlying rationale for this arrangement has been somewhat undermined and competing powers, such as a rising China and a revanchist Russia, has meant that Western policymakers are seemingly finding themselves confronted by a world of heightened geopolitical competition.
While the United States remains the world’s foremost global military and economic power, the liberal international order in which it is a cornerstone, has come under severe pressure over recent years. Can America and its allies defend a reformed liberal global order? Is there the desire to do so in the current administration? Are any realistic alternatives emerging from Europe or China? And how might a multipolar international order affect global security?