The last multilateralist?

Steve Wood*

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Germany benefited most from post-war integration into liberal democratic structures, an experience that transformed it into an enthusiastic advocate of multilateralism and a model for other states. The current “illiberal turn” away from international institutions and, in some instances, international law, threatens Germany’s preferred orientation. As authoritarian regimes and populisms undermine the “liberal international order” that made Germany secure and prosperous, it may be left as one of few if not the only noteworthy advocate of multilateralism in global affairs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)62-73
Number of pages12
JournalWorld Affairs
Issue number1
Early online date12 Feb 2020
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2020


  • Europe
  • Foreign Policy
  • Germany
  • Illiberal Turn
  • Multilateralism
  • Post-liberal Order
  • The West


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