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A turning point for the better or for the worse? The current outlook for international order

Otto Hieronymi (Head, International Relations Program, Webster University, Geneva, Switzerland. E‐mail: hieronymi@webster.ch)

Foresight

ISSN: 1463-6689

Article publication date: 1 August 2004

Abstract

As at the end of the Cold War, today there is no desirable or superior alternative to a universal liberal international order. However, a liberal order is not automatic and today we are at a major turning point where we face two alternative scenarios: a turn for the worse or a turn for the better. The crisis in Iraq underscores the need to reaffirm and strengthen the democratic liberal international order. Concludes that the chances of a turn for the better are higher than those of a turn for the worse, i.e. the strengthening of the liberal international order is more likely than its disintegration and breakdown. There is a need for new initiatives, solidarities, consensus, intellectual and political leadership from all the countries that share the same vision of a universal order. It must, however, be a “voluntarist” endeavor.

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Hieronymi, O. (2004), "A turning point for the better or for the worse? The current outlook for international order", Foresight, Vol. 6 No. 4, pp. 204-207. https://doi.org/10.1108/14636680410554665

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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