Editor’s Note: What the liberal international order is and how much it benefits the world is much-debated today, including here at Lawfare. Trump's policies and those of other world leaders are a direct challenge to many of its core assumptions about the benefits of trade, openness, and the spread of democracy. Bruce Jentleson of Duke, however, points out that a system constructed decades ago is bound to be stressed by an ever-changing world.
Bruce Jentleson is a professor at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University. His most recent policy position was Senior Advisor to the State Department Policy Planning Director (2009-2011). His current book is The Peacemakers: Leadership Lessons from 20th Century Statesmanship (W.W. Norton, 2018). He recently received the Joseph J. Kruzel Memorial Award for Distinguished Public Service from the International Security Section of the American Political Science Association.
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