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Democratic Internationalism: An American Grand Strategy for a Post-exceptionalist Era

An IIGG Working Paper

Authors: Daniel Deudney, Associate Professor of Political Science, Johns Hopkins University, and G. John Ikenberry, Albert G. Milbank Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Princeton University

Democratic Internationalism: An American Grand Strategy for a Post-exceptionalist Era - democratic-internationalism-an-american-grand-strategy-for-a-post-exceptionalist-era

Publisher Council on Foreign Relations Press

Release Date November 2012

30 pages


In this International Institutions and Global Governance Working Paper, Daniel Deudney and G. John Ikenberry trace the history of liberal internationalism and find that the existing U.S. foreign policy architecture is ill-equipped to address emerging challenges in a dramatically changing global landscape. Although the world is now predominantly democratic—largely due to American leadership and influence over the past half-century—cooperation among democracies is weak and the distribution of power is shifting away from the United States and its democratic allies in Europe. To reestablish its historical role as an indispensable global leader, the authors argue that the United States should initiate a new phase of democratic internationalism based on the "pull of success rather than the push of power" that "deepens democracy globally, prevents democratic backsliding, and strengthens and consolidates bonds among democratic states."

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Daniel Deudney is associate professor of political science at Johns Hopkins University.

G. John Ikenberry is Albert G. Milbank professor of politics and international affairs at Princeton University.

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