The Hoover Caravan presents the World Order after the Pax Americana

Monday, April 8, 2013
The Oath of Horatii, 1784, by Jacques-Louis David (1748-1825), oil on canvas
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On Monday, April 8, 2013, the Hoover Caravan presented, World Order after the Pax Americana with its most recent essay, Nixon Predicts, by Charles Hill, a research fellow at the Hoover Institution; it was published in Hoover’s Advancing a Free Society.

Fouad Ajami, senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and the cochair of the Herbert and Jane Dwight Working Group on Islamism and the International Order, offers a synopsis of the fifth Caravan expedition.

“In his epic offering to the glory of Rome, Virgil set the Romans different from the ‘others’:  those others ‘could plead their cases better,’ he wrote, ‘chart with their rods the stars, draw from the block of marble features thick with life.’  The Roman arts differed; the Roman had to put his ‘stamp on the works and ways of peace/to spare the defeated, break the proud in war.’

“The American president is not Augustus; our military is not the Roman Legions.  We can let Rome be a precedent, we can settle for more proximate history:  the burden and the power assumed by Pax Britannica and the baton being passed, within the Anglo-Saxon family, as it were, to Pax Americana. Nowadays, that ‘imperial’ idea is in retreat, and the custodians of American power are reluctant to accept the burden that comes with maintaining and defending the international order.  Our colleague Charles Hill has written and brooded over this for years; he had been a public servant and a diplomat of a larger and more confident America. If this is imperial sunset, Hill can chart as precious few others can the American trajectory in recent years. The inspiration for this, our fifth Caravan expedition, comes from him.”

The Hoover Caravan is a product of the Herbert and Jane Dwight Working Group on Islamism and the International Order, cochaired by Hoover fellows Charles Hill and Fouad Ajami, with the active participation of John Raisian, the Tad and Dianne Taube Director of the Hoover Institution. Participants gather in round-table discussions to explore various topics and ideas. The contributors then write 750-word essays and columns that can be seen on Advancing a Free Society: The Caravan.

Click here for more information about previous caravans.