May 30, 2023: The War in Ukraine and the Future of Liberalism

Public Lecture by Prof. David M. Rowe; 5:00 pm; SR 18, SoWi building, University of Innsbruck.

SR 18, University of Innsbruck, SoWi building, 4th floor east, Universitaetsstrasse 15, 6020 Innsbruck (A  (how to reach us)

Tuesday, May 30, 2023

5:00 pm to approximately 6:30 pm

This event is held in English.

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The war in Ukraine is widely perceived to be in defense of the European project and a broader liberal order. Yet because of how the war is being fought, its successful resolution will neither vindicate liberal values nor reinforce liberalism's role in legitimating political life. It will instead result in an internal conflict within Ukraine between pro-liberal democratic forces on the one hand, and anti-liberal, nationalist democratic forces on the other. This intra-Ukrainian conflict will map neatly and directly onto an emerging great power struggle over liberal and anti-liberal conceptions of the future international order. Liberal theory in international relations must pay greater attention to the critical role of force and violence in building and sustaining peaceful order if it is to provide substantial guidance in navigating the waters ahead.

Prof. David M. Rowe


2023-05-30_David Rowe.jpegDavid M. Rowe is a professor of political science at Kenyon College, where he teaches courses on international political economy and international security. In 2022-23, he was a Fulbright NATO Security Studies Scholar in Brussels to consider the future of the transatlantic community. From 2018 to 2022, Prof. Rowe directed Kenyon’s Center for the Study of American Democracy, an endowed, co-curricular institution of the College. He has previously held the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Innsbruck, a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship in International Peace and Security, and grants from the Pew Memorial Trust and the National Science Foundation. He has served as the executive director of the Aspen Strategy Group, a policy program of the Aspen Institute on U.S. security policy. His current research explores the foundations of political and international order.



Discussant: assoc. Prof. Dr. Franz Eder, Department of Political Science, University of Innsbruck


(Credit: David M. Rowe)



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