The Failure of the Post-Cold War Global Order?

 May 31th  to  June 2nd  2023

When German Chancellor Olaf Scholz declared the Russian invasion of Ukraine on 24 February as a "Zeitenwende", he was not only addressing German foreign politics. Putin's war marked an end of the order of 1990, the third post-war international order of the 20th century on the northern hemisphere - even if Robert Kagan had announced its revision no later than 2008. Thus, the lifespan of the Post-Cold War order lays halfway between that of the Paris order of 1919/20 and of the Cold War, and the war in Ukraine puts it in a historical perspective.

Against this background the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies and the Gutenberg International Conference Center of the University of Mainz aim to bring together world leading specialists from history and political science to discuss why the post-Cold War order failed, whether this failure could have been avoided, and what we can learn from this history for present and future international politics.


Scientific Organizers:

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Andreas Rödder

Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz and

Helmut Schmidt Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Johns Hopkins University

Prof. Dr. Francis J. Gavin

is the Giovanni Agnelli Distinguished Professor and the inaugural director of the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs at Johns Hopkins SAIS