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International Legitimacy Lost? Global Order in the Age of “America First”

Professor David Lake

The pillars of the Pax Americana are under assault. The United States led a regional order spanning Western Europe and Northeast Asia after 1945, leading to 70 years of peace and prosperity. Today, in its turn to transactional bargaining, unilateralism, and the intentional breaking of international norms, the United States is undermining its own hard-won international legitimacy. This lecture explores the sources of international legitimacy and how they have supported U.S. leadership over the last century. As its legitimacy erodes, the United States will face not only opposition from old competitors such as Russia, which is exploiting new tools to undermine democracy, and rogue states, which deploy terrorists to attack U.S. interests around the globe, but also new resistance from allies who have lost confidence in its leadership and must now take their fates into their own hands.

Instructor: David Lake is the Jerri-Ann and Gary E. Jacobs Professor of Social Sciences and Distinguished Professor of Political Science at UC San Diego. His most recent books are Proxy Wars: Suppressing Transnational Violence Through Local Agents and The Statebuilder’s Dilemma: On the Limits of Foreign Intervention (2016). Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2006, Lake is the recipient of UCSD Chancellor’s Associates Awards for Excellence in Research in Humanities and Social Sciences (2013). He received his PhD from Cornell University. Coordinator: Steve Clarey

Course Number: OSHR-70121   Credit: 0 units


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02/02/2018 In-class 128856 $0.00  

Day and Time: Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Room 129, UCSD Extension Complex, 9600 N. Torrey Pines Rd., La Jolla