Carleton University’s Department of Political Science will host the lecture The Great Delusion presented by Prof. John J. Mearsheimer (University of Chicago).

This event is part of the Faculty of Public Affairs’ (FPA) Research Series and the Rose Maguire Lecture Series.

When: Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020, at 5:30 p.m.
Where: Room 2228, Richcraft Building, Carleton
Info: A campus map can be found online.

This event is full. However, media are invited to attend and are asked to RSVP to Sarah.Landry@Carleton.ca

In this lecture, Mearsheimer will discuss how – between the end of the Cold War and the election of United States President Donald Trump – many in the West believed the U.S. should spread liberal democracy across the world, foster an open international economy and build institutions. While the policy was supposed to protect human rights, promote peace and make the world safe for democracy – this is not what happened. Mearsheimer will explore how the U.S. instead became a highly militarized country, fighting wars that undermine peace, harm human rights and threaten liberal values at home.

Mearsheimer will explain why liberal hegemony, the foreign policy pursued by the U.S. after the Cold War ended, was doomed to fail and contributed to Trump winning the White House. He will propose that it would have made more sense for Washington to adopt a restrained foreign policy based on a sound understanding of how nationalism and realism constrain great powers abroad.

About John J. Mearsheimer

Mearsheimer is the R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago. He has written extensively about security issues and international politics. He is an international relations theorist who has published numerous books, including his latest work The Great Delusion: Liberal Dreams and International Realities.

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