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Department

  • Politics
  • School

  • School of Arts and Sciences
  • Expertise

  • Ethics (Religion) and Politics
  • Conservatism and American Politics
  • U.S. Foreign Policy and The Ideology of American Empire
  • American Political Thought and Constitutionalism
  • Western Political Thought
  • Languages

  • Swedish
  • International experience

    Ryn has a large and growing academic influence in China and has visited China six times to lecture at the invitation of leading Chinese institutions, including Beijing University and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. He is an Honorary Professor at Beijing Normal University. Three of his books and a number of his articles have appeared in Chinese translation.

    He has appeared numerous times on radio and TV.

    In the Media

    Publications

    • A Desperate Man

      A Desperate Man

      This is a large work of literary fiction with aspects of a political and psychological thriller. The novel explores the moral challenges posed by a deteriorated society and forms a commentary on the state of America and the Western world.

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    • A Common Human Ground: Universality and Particularity in a Multicultural World

      A Common Human Ground: Universality and Particularity in a Multicultural World

      The book offers a mixture of political philosophy and international relations theory. It sets forth a thesis regarding the moral and cultural preconditions of peace among persons, peoples, and civilizations.

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    • America the Virtuous: The Crisis of Democracy and the Quest for Empire

      America the Virtuous: The Crisis of Democracy and the Quest for Empire

      Ryn examines the ideology of American empire, which has been propounded by so-called neoconservatives and strongly influenced the �Bush doctrine� after 9/11. He argues that this ideology breaks sharply with the older American political tradition and has much in common with the ideas of the Jacobins who inspired the French Revolution that started in 1789.

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