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Is it Possible to Build World Order Without American Hegemony?

Tuesday 5 February 2019
Turfmarkt 99
2511 DP The Hague
Auditorium 2.02

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The age of Western hegemony is over. Whether or not America itself declines or thrives under President Trump's leadership, the post-war liberal international order underpinned by US military, economic and ideological primacy and supported by global institutions serving its power and purpose, is coming to an end. But what will take its place? A Chinese world order? A re-constituted form of American hegemony? A regionalised system of global cooperation, including major and emerging powers?


The still young presidency of Donald J. Trump has caused much damage to the so-called “liberal international order”. But Trump is the consequence, rather than the cause, of the crisis and decline of that order. That decline, as foretold in Acharya’s 2014 book, The End of American World Order, has to do with the liberal order’s own internal limitations - aggravated by the global power shift and proliferation of transnational challenges - that a complacent liberal establishment had glossed over earlier. Recognizing the broader and multifaceted nature of those challenges is key to any hopes for building world order 2.0: a decentered and pluralistic Multiplex World, with its own challenges and opportunities. And this task requires the contributions of regions and their associations such as the EU, ASEAN, African Union and others, which have been ignored in the American debates on Liberal order.

Join us in a Leiden University Center for International Relations (LUCIR) Distinguished Scholar Lecture by Professor Amitav Acharya from the School of International Service at American University, Washington DC, together with a panel of discussants to analyse new perspectives on the current world order.

Chair: Dr Beatrix Futak-Campbell
Discussants: Dr Karolina Pomorska, Dr Jue Wang and Dr Karen Smith

Bio for Prof. Acharya

Amitav Acharya is the UNESCO Chair in Transnational Challenges and Governance and Distinguished Professor at the School of International Service, American University, Washington, DC. His recent books include The End of American World Order (Polity, 2014, 2018); Constructing Global Order (Cambridge, 2018); Why Govern: Rethinking Demand and Progress in Global Governance (editor, Cambridge, 2016); and The Making of Global International Relations: Origins and Evolution of IR at Its Centenary (co-authored with Barry Buzan, Cambridge, March 2019) He was President of the International Studies Association (ISA), the first non-Western scholar to be elected to the position. He received two Distinguished Scholar Awards from the ISA, one in 2015 from its Global South Caucus for his contribution to “non-Western IR theory and inclusion in international studies”, and another in 2018 from ISA’s International Organisation Section that recognises “scholars of exceptional merit whose influence, intellectual works and mentorship will likely continue to impact the field for years to come”.

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