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John Ikenberry

Roundtable: U.S. Foreign Policy and the Left (Chapter 7)

“Easy to Join and Hard to Overturn” I kicked off this roundtable on “U.S. Foreign Policy and the Left” last week by using Perry Anderson’s remarkable New Left Review essays (“Imperium” and “Consilium”) as a means to critique a recent Walter Russell Mead Foreign Affairs article—“The Return of Geopolitics: The Revenge of the Revisionist Powers”—for placing a too rigid boundary between liberal internationalism and geopolitics. Today, I use Anderson’s essays as a means for waylaying John Ikenberry’s article—“The Illusions of Geopolitics: The Enduring Power of the Liberal Order”—which appeared as a response to Mead in the same issue of Foreign Read more