Dr Philip Cunliffe, Senior Lecturer in International Conflict in the School of Politics and International Relations, will be hosting a webinar/author talk on his new book “Cosmopolitan Dystopia” on Thursday 7th May, 2-3pm BST.
After thirty years of perpetual warfare by Western states under the banner of human rights, Cosmopolitan dystopia shows that more than populists or authoritarian great powers, it is cosmopolitan liberals themselves who have done the most to subvert the ‘rules-based’ liberal international order. Despite purporting to offer a more modest vision in opposition to the grand utopian schemes of the twentieth century, this book describes how cosmopolitan humanitarians succumbed to the intoxication of military power and crusading zeal to improve the world.
Written by one of the top analysts in the peacebuilding field, this highly readable book provides a wealth of fresh and powerful insights. Brimming with new and important framings, from the cosmopolitan dystopia of the title to the treatments of humanitarian anti-diplomacy and new forms of hierarchical sovereignty, this book is a must read for students and practitioners alike.
More information about Dr Cunliffe’s new book ‘Cosmopolitan Dystopia: International Intervention and the Failure of the West’ can be found at https://manchesteruniversitypress.co.uk/9781526105738/ where it is also available for purchase.