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Walldorf’s book project, “To Shape Our World For Good: Ideas and Forceful Regime Change in United States Foreign Policy, 1900-2011,” focuses on how decisions by U.S. policymakers about whether or not to pursue forceful regime change are affected and sometimes driven by broad foreign policy ideas in the United States about the efficacy and desirability of promoting liberal political order abroad.
“In appointing me an Associate Fellow, the Institute has asked me to bring the project under its umbrella, which will give me the opportunity to present research at the Institute and engage other fellows there at different stages as I develop the project,” Walldorf said. “I will also have the opportunity in the future to access various streams of funding from and through the Institute for my research. Beyond the benefit to my own research, I will also assist in developing the new Program on Culture and Democracy at the Institute. More specifically, I will be working with a faculty member to launch the American Democracy and World Order component of the program.”