Fourteen Points for the Twenty-First Century
A Renewed Appeal for Cooperative Internationalism
Published by: The University Press of Kentucky
When the United States entered World War I, President Woodrow Wilson declared to Congress that the objective was not merely to bring "a new balance of power," but rather to bring a "just and secure peace" to the world by the end of the conflict. In this famous speech, known as "The Fourteen Points," Wilson offered the world a road map toward a more equitable international system in the midst of unprecedented global conflict, including ideas on the interconnectedness of democracy, trade, and the concept of a forum for peaceably resolving international disputes. Even decades after the end of the First World War, Wilson's ideas remained important and influenced many of his successors. But now, in the twenty-first century, there are forces at work in the world that Wilson could never have imagined, and those forces call for a new plan toward peace.
In Fourteen Points for the Twenty-First Century: A Renewed Appeal for Cooperative Internationalism, Richard H. Immerman and Jeffrey A. Engel bring together a diverse group of thinkers who take up Wilson's call for a new world order by exploring fourteen new directions for the twenty-first century. The contributors -- scholars, policymakers, entrepreneurs, poets, doctors, and scientists -- propose solutions to contemporary challenges such as migration, global warming, health care, food security, and privacy in the digital age. Taken together, these points challenge American leaders and policymakers to champion an international effort, not to make America great again, but to work cooperatively with other nations on the basis of mutual respect.
"No document has shaped the diplomacy of the past century more than the Fourteen Points, and two of diplomatic history's finest scholars have provided -- through reflective essays by experts in the field -- insights into how Americans and the world still debate and act on the Wilsonian idealist legacy. This book is a tour de force that brings history alive." -- Thomas Zeiler, professor of history and director, International Affairs Program, University of Colorado Boulder
"In this impressive new collection, some of today's most innovative thinkers envision ways to address the unique global challenges of the twenty-first century. Insightful, provocative, arresting, and often compelling, the essays that Immerman and Engel have assembled are worthy heirs of Woodrow Wilson's original vision for the international system and should command the attention of scholars and policymakers alike." -- William Inboden, Executive Director of the Clements Center for National Security, University of Texas at Austin
"This volume of distinguished international scholarship transforms President Woodrow Wilson's famous Fourteen Points of 1918 into fourteen points which twenty-first century Americans now must debate. These sophisticated, well-written, and necessary analyses demonstrate how a 'new internationalism' must include paramount problems Wilson never had to consider, such as climate change, artificial intelligence, and multinational migration. As the book's editors aptly put it, this volume is 'to start conversation' -- absolutely necessary conversation." -- Walter LaFeber, The Andrew Tisch and James Tisch University Professor Emeritus, Cornell University