Summary of Robert Kagan’s Opening Speech at the German Marshall Fund’s Brussels Forum
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While many people today take the US-led liberal world order for granted, historically, the post-World War II period of international cooperation is an exception, not the rule. And, if recent trends – including Donald Trump’s unapologetically nationalistic rhetoric – are any indication, a return to the “old normal” is very possible. Robert Kagan is a historian and foreign policy commentator. getAbstract recommends his opening speech at the German Marshall Fund’s Brussels Forum to those who would like to understand why the liberal world order is unique and worthy of preservation.
In this summary, you will learn
- What makes the liberal international order so unique in human history,
- Why Donald Trump is not solely to blame for recent illiberal trends and
- Why it is in the West's interests to preserve the Liberal World Order.
About the Author
Robert Kagan is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, an author and a Washington Post columnist.