WELLESLEY, Mass. -- On Friday, April 25, at 4:15 pm in
Jewett Auditorium at Wellesley College, Robert O. Keohane,
professor of political science at Duke University, will
present the Carolyn Wilson Lecture, "Unilateralism and Multilateralism
in American Foreign Policy."
"Keohane, the leading American theorist of international
relations, argues that even though the Bush administration
prefers a unilateral foreign policy, it has actually pursued
a multilateral approach to the new security problems after
9/11, and it is likely to continue to do so after the war
ends," said Craig Murphy, Wellesley professor of political
science. "This reliance on multilateral cooperation by a
unilateralist superpower demonstrates the significance of
the United Nations and other global agencies."
In November, Keohane wrote on lessons to be learned about
multilateral institutions in the aftermath of Sept. 11,
noting, "The significance of such institutions cannot properly
be inferred from the inclination of liberal political leaders
to rely on them, since these leaders could have been deceived
(according to realists) by liberal political thought. A
better test of significance comes when those who prefer
unilateral action and resist multilateralism are in power.
If these leaders also rely on multilateral institutions,
the reason must lie not in the illusions with which they
entered office, but with some environmental conditions that
lead them, despite their inclinations, toward multilateral
Keohane is the husband of Duke President and former Wellesley
President Nannerl Keohane '61. For more information, call
Founded in 1875, Wellesley College has been a leader in
liberal arts and the education of women for more than 125
years. The College's 500-acre campus near Boston is home
to 2,300 undergraduate students.