Magazine March 22, 2021, Issue

The Forgotten Architects of American Hegemony

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Sterett sails alongside the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz in the South China Sea, February 9, 2021. (Mass Communication Specialist Second Class Markus Castaneda)
Tomorrow, the World: The Birth of U.S. Global Supremacy, by Stephen Wertheim (Belknap Press, 272 pp., $29.95)

Realizing that run-of-the-mill anti-war activism wouldn’t deliver results inside the Beltway, America’s foreign-policy “restrainers” founded the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft, with funding from Charles Koch and George Soros. Its goal, according to the press release announcing the group’s December 2019 Capitol Hill launch reception: to work the policy process to “reverse the historical trend by which military intervention has become the default, armed dominance an end in itself, and peacemaking the rare exception.”

In the year that the Quincy Institute has been around, it’s earned a reputation as a rogues’ gallery of disreputable actors. Sarah Leah Whitson, the organization’s former

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This article appears as “To Build a World Order” in the March 22, 2021, print edition of National Review.

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