The Waning of Pax Americana

MON, NOV 19, 2018

Since 1945, Pax Americana has promised peaceful international relations and an open economy, buttressed by U.S. military power. But in championing "America First," President Trump has advocated selective U.S. engagement, in which foreign commitments are limited to areas of vital U.S. interest and economic nationalism is the order of the day. Allies and challengers alike are paying close attention.

Ambassador Daalder and Dr. Lindsay have co-authored the book, The Empty Throne: America's Abdication of Global Leadership, released October 16, 2018. The book discusses the apparent disruption to the world order that the United States fashioned from the ruins of WWII and that produced unprecedented global stability, prosperity and democratic consensus. Critics argue that Donald Trump's America First Policy threatens this world order, yet, the authors maintain, this order has been fraying for years.

Photo credit: Joyce N. Boghosian/The White House

+ BIO: Ambassador Ivo Daalder

Ivo Daalder is president of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and served as the U.S. Ambassador to NATO from 2009-2013. Ambassador Daalder was educated at the universities of Kent, Oxford, and Georgetown, and received his PhD in political science from MIT.

+ BIO: James Lindsay

James Lindsay is senior vice president, director of studies, and Maurice R. Greenberg chair at the the Council on Foreign Relations, where he oversees the work of more than six dozen fellows in the David Rockefeller Studies Program. Dr. Lindsay holds an AB in economics and political science from the University of Michigan and an MA, MPhil, and PhD from Yale University.

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