The Rise and Fall of the Liberal International Order

The European Council on Foreign Relations invites you to attend our Black Coffe Morning with John J. Mearsheimer, on the future of the liberal order.


John J. Mearsheimer, Professor of Political Science, University of Chicago

Chaired by

Anna Kuchenbecker, Senior Director for Development and Partnerships, ECFR

The liberal world order appeared to be more robust than ever with the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union. But today, its future is in doubt. Indeed, its three components – liberalism, universality, and the preservation of order itself – are being challenged as never before.

Where are the threats for the liberal order coming from? What do they mean for Europe and transatlantic relations? “Can Europe save the world order” – as Mark Leonard and Anthony Dworkin recently asked in an ECFR policy brief?

It is a great honour for us to welcome John J. Mearsheimer, one of the world’s most influential political scientists and experts on the liberal order. Mearsheimer is the R. Wendell Harrison distinguished service professor of political science at the University of Chicago. A New York Times best-selling author, he has written six books about security issues and international politics, including “The Tragedy of Great Power Politics,” “Why Leaders Lie: The Truth about Lying in International Politics,” and most recently, “The Great Delusion: Liberal Dreams and International Realities.” 

We would be delighted to welcome you at this Black Coffee Morning. Please note that this event will take place under Chatham House Rule and in English.

Friday, 2nd November, 08.30-10.00
ECFR, Rosmarinstrasse 1, 10117 Berlin

Please register by Wednesday 31 October to [email protected]