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After Victory


The problem of maintaining order in the international system is a common theme in the study of international relations – and a common concern for the United States.  Exploring the sources of order is an important exercise for better understanding not only how it can be created, but also how it can be better maintained. In this work, Ikenberry explores the type and character of the order the US created in the wake of World War II (as well as other examples) and draws out lessons for the creation of stable order after states emerge victorious in system-wide conflicts.

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About the author: G. John Ikenberry is the Albert G. Milbank Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University in the Department of Politics and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and is co-faculty director of the Princeton Project on National Security, a large, collaborative multi-year project that is examining the changing character of America’s international security environment. He has served as a member of an advisory group at the State Department and was also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations’ Henry Kissinger-Lawrence Summers commission on the Future of Transatlantic Relations. He has also held posts at the State Department (Policy Planning staff) and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (Senior Associate). He has lectured throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia and has taught at Georgetown University and the University of Pennsylvania.


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