J.M.P.P. R.I.P. B5: RLOAI
- Mar 2, 2009
- MBTI Type
The Cold War Never Ended: Ukraine, the China Challenge, and the Revival of the West. Stephen Kotkin (historian, Stalin: Volume I: Paradoxes of Power, 1878-1928, Stalin: Volume II: Waiting for Hitler, 1929-1941, et al.)
The mistaken belief that the Cold War ended with the dissolution of the Soviet Union spurred some fateful foreign policy choices in Washington. Believing that the ideological contest had been settled definitively in their favor, most American policymakers and thinkers shifted away from seeing their country as the bedrock of the West, which is not a geographic location but a concatenation of institutions and values—individual liberty, private property, the rule of law, open markets, political dissent—and which encompasses not only western Europe and North America but also Australia, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and many other places, as well. In place of the concept of the West, many American elites embraced a vision of a U.S.-led “liberal international order,” which could theoretically integrate the entire world—including societies that did not share Western institutions and values—into a single, globalized whole.