The Center for the Future of Liberal Society

The Center for the Future of Liberal Society (CFLS) aims to influence the public and policy discussion on a set of extraordinary and interrelated challenges. With the advent of rapid technological change, the United States faces an extended economic and social transformation. Virtually every institution from the family to the state to the corporation can expect wave after wave of challenges. These changes are not confined to the United States; they are taking place around the world, and in the United States as elsewhere, the uncertainty and upheaval associated with these changes threatens to undermine support for the principles of liberal society. Additionally, the political consequences of these changes weaken public support for liberal society in the United States and abroad, and in the United States they contribute to an erosion in support for America’s role as the centerpiece of world order.

Meanwhile, with the ‘end of the end of history,’ the world has entered a new period of geopolitical competition and great power rivalry. Major powers like China and Russia seek to overturn the post-Cold War world order. Smaller powers like Iran and North Korea seek to weaken the international system as well. From within and without, liberal
societies face growing challenges that require new thinking and a renewed commitment.

CFLS believes that these problems are interconnected. To be strong and united enough to resist the forces of revisionist and authoritarian global challengers, the liberal and democratic world must adapt to technological change in ways that promote human flourishing. Researchers and potential collaborators interested in related projects should contact the Center’s Associate Director, George Bogden.

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Walter Russell Mead profiled in Politico

Walter Russell Mead quoted by The Nation on Japan’s nuclear ambitions

Walter Russell Mead quoted by Politico on the legacy of President Andrew Jackson

Walter Russell Mead quoted by Eurasia Review on Japan’s nuclear ambitions

Walter Russell Mead quoted by Newsmax on U.S. policy in Asia

Walter Russell Mead quoted by Newsday on North Korea’s challenge to the American position in East Asia

Walter Russell Mead quoted by Yahoo News on the crisis in the Pacific

Walter Russell Mead quoted by National Review Online on nationalism and American democracy

Walter Russell Mead quoted by The New York Times on the lessons of the Truman administration

Walter Russell Mead quoted by The Tuscaloosa News on Presidents Truman and Trump

Walter Russell Mead quoted by The Washington Times on Qatar and Al-Jazeera

Walter Russell Mead quoted by The Tower on Israeli diplomacy in the Gulf, Africa, and Asia

Walter Russell Mead Wall Street Journal article quoted in The New York Post

Walter Russell Mead quoted in The Washington Post on the recent private Trump-Putin meeting

Walter Russell Mead quoted in The Washington Post on President Trump’s foreign policy

Walter Russell Mead quoted in The American Interest on the rise of Silicon Valley corporations

Walter Russell Mead quoted in National Review Online on Egypt-Gaza relations

Walter Russell Mead quoted by The Washington Post on college campus political activism

Walter Russell Mead mentioned in The Hill on Trump supporters’ Jacksoninan approach to foreign policy

Walter Russell Mead quoted in the Straits Times on the disconnect between the establishment and voters

Walter Russell Mead quoted in CNBC on Trump’s campaign promises versus his presidency

Walter Russell Mead quoted in The New York Times the benefits of a president threatening unspecific consequences

Walter Russell Mead’s Foreign Affairs article on Jacksonian America quoted in National Review

Walter Russell Mead quoted in The New York Times on President Trump’s America First agenda and Jacksonian populists

Walter Russell Mead quoted in Town & Country Magazine on presidents using ambassadorships as rewards

Walter Russell Mead’s American Interest article on the rise of Jacksonian Populism quoted in The Atlantic

Walter Russell Mead quoted in The Economist on progressive politics liquidating the Jacksonian influence in American life

Walter Russell Mead quoted in U.S. News and World Report on changes to the presidential nominating process

Walter Russell Mead quoted in Bloomberg News on Europe’s approach to dealing with Russia

Walter Russell Mead quoted in Washington Post on Saudi women getting to vote for the first time

Walter Russell Mead’s article on President Obama’s Syria policy quoted in New York Times

Walter Russell Mead quoted in New York Post on Jacksonians

Walter Russell Mead quoted in USA Today on the Syrian refugee crisis

Walter Russell Mead’s Senate testimony on Putin’s ambitions quoted in TIME Magazine

Walter Russell Mead quoted in Wall Street Journal on how Russia, Iran and China see the American-backed world order

Walter Russell Mead’s event with U.S. Senator Tom Cotton written up in The Hill, The Blaze, Washington Diplomat, and Daily Caller

Walter Russell Mead, Author of “Special Providence: American Foreign Policy and How it Changed the World” (Alfred A. Knopf), announced as the 13th winner of the Lionel Gelber Prize.

Walter Russell Mead and Arthur Herman featured in Foreign Affairs’ Best of 2014 Compilation

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