Global Governance Institute


Have We Reached the End of the Bretton Woods Moment? Global Governance With and Without the U.S.

01 December 2020, 5:00 pm–6:15 pm

Flags in front of the United Nations building, Geneva

Join us for a virtual keynote lecture with Miles Kahler (American University) who will discuss the future of global governance in light of waning leadership by the United States.

This event is free.

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Julia Kreienkamp

Debates surrounding the liberal international order are often poorly framed and focused exclusively on U.S. anxieties. A possible end to the Bretton Woods moment, that crucial liberal reordering at the midpoint of the last century, raises more precise questions. A final curtain for that avatar of order has three possible meanings: the end of an order defined by liberal norms; an end to the dominant position of the U.S. and its allies in defining and maintaining global order; and the relative decline of multilateral institutions as constituents of global governance. Each of these meanings highlights different paths for reconstituting global governance.

About the Speaker

Professor Miles Kahler

Professor Miles Kahler
Miles Kahler is Distinguished Professor at the School of International Service, American University and Senior Fellow for Global Governance at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, D. C. He is a member of the editorial boards of International Organization and Global Summitry and an associate editor in the Cambridge Elements Series in International Relations. Kahler has been a Distinguished Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto (2018), and a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (2012-2013) and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University (2007-2008).

He has published widely in the fields of international politics and international political economy, including articles and books on global governance, international financial institutions, and Asia-Pacific regionalism. His current research projects include the development of institutions of complex global governance, the changing role of emerging economies in world politics and global governance, and the sources of cosmopolitanism and parochialism in contemporary politics.