Tuesday, November 4, 2014 | 11:00 - 2:00 pm | SIS Abramson Family Founders Room
Dr. Amitav Acharya's, Professor of International Relations in SIS discussed his book, The End of American World Order (Polity, 2014) and welcomed a book discussion with Distinguished Professor Miles Kahler and Professor and Program Director Randolph Persaud (Comparative and Regional Studies Program). Professor Acharya's book focuses on whether or not America itself is declining, the post-war liberal world order underpinned by US military, economic and ideological primacy and supported by global institutions serving its power and purpose, is coming to an end. He argues that the United States has lost the ability to shape world order after its own interests and image. As a result, the US will be one of a number of anchors including emerging powers, regional forces, and a concert of the old and new powers shaping a new world order. Rejecting labels such as multipolar, apolar, or G-Zero, Acharya likens the emerging system to a multiplex theatre, offering a choice of plots (ideas), directors (power), and action (leadership) under one roof. Finally, he reflects on the policies that the US, emerging powers and regional actors must pursue to promote stability in this decentered but interdependent, multiplex world.
Professor Acharya is the UNESCO Chair in Transnational Challenges and Governance and Chair of the ASEAN Studies Center. In addition to The End of American World Order (Polity, 2014), Professor Acharya is also the author of Whose Ideas Matter? (Cornell, 2009); Beyond Iraq: The Future of World Order (co-edited, World Scientific, 2011); Non-Western International Relations Theory (co-edited, Routledge, 2010); and The Making of Southeast Asia (Cornell, 2011).
This Book Talk was co-sponsored by the Global Governance, Politics and Security Program (GGPS) and the Comparative Regional Studies Program (CRS).