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The International Order Before and After World War II


Published March 2, 2023

After World War II, the US and its allies established an international system to promote economic growth, stability, and cooperation. They also promoted democratic values and institutions, which has led to the idea of the “democratic peace” theory: democracies are less likely to go to war with one another. This system has been largely successful in reducing conflict and promoting economic growth and stability.

Discussion Questions:

  1. Is there a realistic peaceful resolution to the war in Ukraine?
  2. Will the international order be able to prevent a war or cold war with China while keeping Taiwan’s sovereignty? 

Additional Resources:

  • Read “Time Is Not on Ukraine’s Side,” by Condoleezza Rice and Robert M. Gates via the Washington Post. Available here.
  • Watch “America’s New Great-Power Competition with China,” with Elizabeth Economy on PolicyEd. Available here.
  • Watch “Embracing Strategic Empathy,” with H. R. McMaster on PolicyEd. Available here.