John M. Owen IV


John M. Owen IV is Taylor Professor of Politics, and a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture and the Miller Center, at the University of Virginia. His most recent book is The Ecology of Nations: American Democracy in a Fragile World Order.

Defending Democracy Abroad

from Missing Character, Volume 26, Number 1

The case for defending democracy abroad needs to be made anew.

Russia’s War, and Ours

from The Use and Abuse of History, Volume 24, Number 2

If Russia did not exist, we would have to invent it.

To Make the World Select for Democracy

from America on the Brink, Volume 22, Number 3

Cosmopolitan liberalism has reshaped international institutions and practices.

Not Melting into Air

from The End of the End of History?, Volume 19, Number 3

Today the threat against liberalism is one of atrophy rather than violent death.

Putin, Ukraine, and the Question of Realism

from Too Much Information, Volume 17, Number 1

According to the realists, power is real, and all else is illusion.

Interview with Jessica Mathews

from America in the World, Volume 5, Number 1

“In very broad terms, we have a vision of the kind of world we want, but we’ve never had a national conversation about it.”

Democracy and Dr. Kissinger

Kissinger the scholar studied power. Kissinger the statesman acquired power, guarded it, and wielded it.

The Russo-Ukrainian War and Global Order

The war has ruined any chance of Russo-Western cooperation any time soon; whatever hope the Biden administration has had of peeling Russia away from China lies in tatters.