John Mearsheimer, the renowned realist scholar and author of the seminal book “The Tragedy of Great Power Politics”, a thesis every student of international relations should be aware of, gives a lecture on “The Great Delusion: Liberal Dreams and International Realities”. In the Western world there is widespread belief, the United States has sought to spread liberal democracy around the world to promote human rights and peace, foster an open international economy, and to build international institutions. However, John Mearsheimer makes the controversial argument that the United States has become a highly militarized state fighting wars that undermine peace, harm human rights, and threaten liberal values at home. He explains that liberal hegemony, the foreign policy pursued by the United States since the Cold War ended, is doomed to fail. Instead, he proposes Washington adopt a more restrained foreign policy based on an understanding of how nationalism and realism constrain great powers abroad.
John Mearsheimer’s lecture is based on his new book “The Great Delusion: Liberal Dreams and International Realities”. On the heels of the U.S. midterm elections, his lecture will also seek to address the following questions: What would a world without American liberal hegemony look like? What would be the consequences for international security and the international community as a whole? What should be the strategy of states, and the U.S. in particular?
John Mearsheimer’s lecture will be followed by a discussion moderated by Cameron Abadi, Deputy Editor at Foreign Policy and Q&A with the audience.
November 7, 2018
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Bonner Universitätsforum, University of Bonn