Book Launch: The Great Delusion
The CSIS Transnational Threats Project cordially invites you to a book launch event for John J. Mearsheimer’s newly released The Great Delusion: Liberal Dreams and International Realities (Yale University Press). A limited number of copies of The Great Delusion will be sold at the event, and Dr. Mearsheimer will sign them following the discussion.
Harold Brown Chair
Director, Transnational Threats Project
Senior Adviser, International Security Program
Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs
Director, Institute for Security and Conflict Studies
John J. Mearsheimer
R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago
In this major statement, the renowned international-relations scholar John Mearsheimer argues that liberal hegemony, the foreign policy pursued by the United States since the Cold War ended, is doomed to fail. It makes far more sense, he maintains, for Washington to adopt a more restrained foreign policy based on a sound understanding of how nationalism and realism constrain great powers abroad.
It is widely believed in the West that the United States should spread liberal democracy across the world, foster an open international economy, and build institutions. This policy of remaking the world in America’s image is supposed to protect human rights, promote peace, and make the world safe for democracy. But this is not what has happened. Instead, the United States has ended up as a highly militarized state fighting wars that undermine peace, harm human rights, and threaten liberal values at home. Mearsheimer tells us why this has happened.
This event was made possible through support from CSIS.