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The United States: The World's Liberal Hegemon, But Why?

The United States is seen by its friends and enemies as the world’s liberal hegemon, the "cop." But why the United States? What attributes does it possess to hold such a role? Are some of these attributes no longer suitable for our current world? Is the United States unlike Great Britain in the 19th century, the reluctant hegemon? Secretary of State Blinken stated that the “world does not organize itself,” and former Secretary of State Albright often stated that the United States is the “indispensable nation.”
Does the world need the United States playing this role? Explore the role of the hegemon, what happened to the idea of the balance of power, and examine why multilateral organizations such as the United Nations can't “organize the world.” Examine how the United States became the liberal hegemon and the unique advantages and disadvantages of filling this role.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • Analysis of the role of the United States in today’s world order including its strengths and weaknesses.
  • Geopolitical, economic, and historical context for analyzing issues such as Balance of Power, sanctions, the global power of the dollar, the role of the hegemon.

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  • Fall 2024

    • Section

    • Semester

      Fall 2024
    • Date

      Sep 18 - Oct 23
    • Day

    • Time

      • In-Person
    • Format

      • In-Person
    • Sessions

    • Location

      Midtown Center