The American Interest
Policy, Politics & Culture
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Noodling What’s Going On

The state and the state system alike are in trouble, and the reasons may go deeper than most suspect.

Published on August 21, 2014
What is going on in this place we call a world? More specifically, what sort of prospects for peace and security are we looking toward in the years and decades ahead? Will the world become a better place, a place of peace, prosperity and brotherhood? Or will it tank? Or will it just muddle along, providing full employment for the commentariat? Despite the tendency of many social science and history academics in recent decades to crawl as far inside their navels as possible, some panoptical thinkers have engaged this question. Some are optimistic, believing that liberal norms are deeply set...