Hegemonic Quicksand

Global domination is a self-defeating goal. Global leadership is not.

Issue: Winter 2003-2004

For the next several decades, the most volatile and dangerous region
of the world--with the explosive potential to plunge the world into
chaos--will be the crucial swathe of Eurasia between Europe and the
Far East. Heavily inhabited by Muslims, we might term this crucial
subregion of Eurasia the new "Global Balkans."1 It is here that
America could slide into a collision with the world of Islam while
American-European policy differences could even cause the Atlantic
Alliance to come unhinged. The two eventualities together could then
put the prevailing American global hegemony at risk.

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