Officially, the Council on Foreign Relations (“CFR”) is an American foreign policy think tank. In reality, CFR is a long-established deep state milieu. Although perhaps the most public of all such groups, it is nevertheless highly influential within the US deep state and is often mentioned in conjunction with the Bilderberg group and the Trilateral Commission. Its influence may extend to de facto control of the US State Department.
On Tuesday, CFR published a video during which Peter Trubowitz discussed the reasons for the rise of anti-globalism in Western countries and its consequences for world order with James M. Lindsay.
Lindsay is senior vice president, director of studies, and Maurice R. Greenberg chair at the Council on Foreign Relations. He is also the host of CFR’s podcast ‘The President’s Inbox’.
Peter Trubowitz is a professor of international relations and director of the Phelan US Centre at the London School of Economics and an associate fellow at Chatham House. Chatham House, also known as the Royal Institute for International Affairs, is an important organ of the UK deep state. In his 2012 book, ‘The true story of the Bilderberg Group’, Daniel Estulin wrote that some say the Bilderberg Group was a creation of MI6 under the direction of the Royal Institute of International Affairs. In the same book, he said the Royal Institute of International Affairs is the foreign policy executive arm of the British monarchy.
Noting there’s been a turn to “economic nationalism,” Lindsay asked Trubowitz why he thought it was important to try to salvage the liberal international order or the rules-based order.
After World War II world leaders created a series of international organisations and agreements to promote global cooperation based on a system known as the liberal world order. The phrase “liberal international order,” although widely used, is far from self-explanatory. Theorists understand it as an “open and rule-based international order” that is “enshrined in institutions such as the United Nations and norms such as multilateralism.”
It has become increasingly apparent that support for the liberal international order in Europe and the United States is declining. This became particularly clear after the British vote to leave the European Union and the election of Donald Trump as US President in 2016.
In his response to Lindsay’s question, Trubowitz said: “In the nineties when the US and other Western democracies embraced what economists call hyper-globalisation [they] made a huge bet on supernationalism … in opposition is frustration with the sovereignty costs that supernationalism entails.”