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Measuring the Health of the Liberal International Order

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RAND Corporation Santa Monica United States

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In this report, we analyze the health of the existing postWorld War II liberal international order and draw implications from that analysis for future U.S. policy. To evaluate the status of the existing order, we examined several categories of indicators, including both inputs such as state participation in and attitudes toward order and outcomes that reflect the orders primary objectives such as economic liberalization and interdependence, peace among great powers, and adherence to the orders norms. Ultimately, we found that the postwar order continues to enjoy many elements of stability but is increasingly threatened by major geopolitical and domestic socioeconomic trends that are calling into question its fundamental assumptions.

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