Consider this recent principled albeit much-too-short defense of the global system by David Brooks. No, it won’t eat your children. Yes ,it will cost something to maintain. But more important: the alternative to this post-war “grand strategy” is an anarchic, less prosperous world.
The liberal pluralistic system is not a spontaneous natural thing. Preserving that hard-earned ecosystem requires an ever-advancing fabric of alliances, clear lines about what behavior is unacceptably system-disrupting, and the credible threat of political, financial and hard power enforcement.
For a longer reading list:
- Charles Hill, and his seminal book on grand strategy that guides the Yale class referenced by Brooks.
- John Lewis Gaddis “magesterial” treatments of Cold War history and George Kennan.
- Walter Russell Meade on the return of geopolitics, with a rebuttal by John Ikenberry
- John Mearshiemer on great power politics, reviewed.
- And, a nice takedown of the class by Thomas Meaney and Stephen Wetheim in The Nation.