John J. Mearsheimer is the R. Wendell Harrison distinguished service professor of political science at the University of Chicago and one of the nation’s most influential political scientists. A New York Times best-selling author, he has written six books about security issues and international politics, including “The Tragedy of Great Power Politics,” “Why Leaders Lie: The Truth about Lying in International Politics,” and most recently, “The Great Delusion: Liberal Dreams and International Realities.” Mearsheimer has won several teaching awards and his work is frequently taught to, and read by, twenty-first century students of political science.
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On the Ukraine crisis, John Mearsheimer argues, “The United States and its European allies share most of the responsibility for the crisis. The taproot of the trouble is NATO enlargement, the central element of a larger strategy to move Ukraine out of Russia’s orbit and integrate it into the West.”
John Mearsheimer and Stephen F. Cohen discusses misunderstandings surrounding the Russia threat.
John Mearsheimer argues, “Trump should also make a concerted effort to improve relations with Russia, which is not a serious threat to American interests.”
John Mearsheimer argues, “The United States, despite all the heated rhetoric about the dangerous threat environment in which we live, is a remarkably secure great power. When a country is as secure as the United States, it can afford to pursue a foolish foreign policy because the consequences for it are not very great.”
John Mearsheimer discusses the Ukraine crisis and U.S.-Russia relations.
"In The Great Delusion: Liberal Dreams and International Realities, political scientist John Mearsheimer argues that the disappearance of the constraints imposed by Cold War bipolarity vouchsafed the United States the luxury of trying to reshape the world to conform to America’s domestic political creed of liberalism. Mearsheimer, a professor of political science at the University of Chicago, has written extensively on international relations from a realist perspective, including The Tragedy of Great Power Politics. Now he offers his most sweeping analysis of America’s purpose. Any argument about national and world politics is necessarily schematic. But a catechistic concision which might be a fault in others is a virtue in the case of Mearsheimer, whose prose is as perspicuous as his analysis. Accessible and yet rigorous, The Great Delusion deserves to be read by policymakers, scholars and the public alike."
"During these rocky times, the transatlantic relationship and, in particular the NATO alliance, is tested like never before. With an unconventional president in the White House, who is questioning the entire post World War II architecture created by the Unites States, America – the indispensable nation – is retreating from the role of primus inter paresand has embarked on its own America firstforeign policy. The Trump administration seems to undermine and overtly attack the very system of alliances and institutions which have enhanced the US power for decades. What does that mean for the rest of the world? What does it mean for its closest allies? Has the liberal order reached its limits as an American global export good? What are NATO’s latecomer members to make of all this? This year marks 14 years of NATO membership for Romania, viewed as vital for its security and a much needed and irreplaceable counterweight to increased Russian aggression in the region. What is the future of NATO in the age of President Trump? Does the Trump administration represent a momentary aberration (in which case, allies have little choice but to weather it) or is it indicative of a deeper and radical shift in US foreign policy thinking? There is probably no one better positioned to explain this unprecedented moment in US foreign policy as prof. John Mearsheimer – a landmark name in security and international politics and the founder of the offensive realist strand in international relations."
In this video, John Mearsheimer explains what he thinks is wrong with the liberal hegemonic worldview, why he believes realism serves as a better lens, and whom he'd most like to debate on the subject.