Why the Liberal Order Will Survive in a Post-Western World

The following post appeared on the Global Trends 2030 blog on May 30, 2012.

Glance at most newspapers or current affairs magazines today and you would not be blamed for thinking that the fabric of the liberal order – marked by democratic governance, liberal values, free markets, stable peace, and strong institutions – is inexorably fraying.

The U.S. and European economies appear caught in a