"An Open World" by Rebecca Lissner

An Open World How America Can Win the Contest for Twenty-First-Century Order Rebecca Lissner, Mira Rapp-Hooper

Publication date:
27 Oct 2020
Yale University Press
208 pages: 216 x 140mm

This ambitious and incisive book outlines a new vision for American foreign policy and international order that will advance U.S. interests in the face of political polarization, technological transformation, and major global power shifts.  
Lissner and Rapp-Hooper argue that the United States should make the defense of openness its overarching strategic goal. Faced with rising authoritarian competitors who prefer a more shuttered international system, the country should aim to prevent the emergence of closed spheres of influence, maintain access to the global commons, and abandon democracy promotion for a more tempered democracy support policy.
The authors argue that the United States’ global leadership crisis is not a passing shock created by the Trump presidency, but the product of forces that will endure. The next U.S. president must remake American foreign policy, or risk leaving the United States unable to sustain the system that has supported its strength.

Rebecca Lissner is an assistant professor at the U.S. Naval War College. Mira Rapp-Hooper is Stephen A. Schwarzman Senior Fellow for Asia Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and Senior Fellow at the Yale Law School’s China Center.