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A liberal leviathan

The world needs a liberal leviathan. Can John Kerry provide it?

By John Ikenberry   October 2004

Bush administration foreign policy has failed – and failed spectacularly. Bush sought to mobilise the world in a great campaign against new threats, but instead the world is openly questioning the legitimacy of a US-led global order. His administration is seized by the problem of terrorism and the rest of the world is seized by the problem of American unipolar power. The world may not be able to restrain the US by organising a counterbalancing coalition. But the world today is about as close as it has ever come to being in open rebellion against the one global superpower. This…

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