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Liberalism is the only accurate explanation of international relations

Mandelbaum '3 (Michael – Professor of American Foreign Policy @ Johns Hopkins University
– THE IDEAS THAT CONQUERED THE WORLD, p.11)

The understanding of the world of the twenty-first century that prevails in the core
countries-the "liberal theory of history"-consists of two propositions. One is that democracies
tend to conduct peaceful foreign policies. The other is that where free markets are
established, their working, over time, tends to promote democracy. Chapter 8 examines both
propositions and finds them, with important qualifications, to have substantial validity. To the
extent that they are valid, domestic politics and foreign policy depend, in the twenty-first
century, on economics. The future of international relations, and of public life within the
world's sovereign states, rests on the fate of the liberal method for organizing economic
activity, the free market.