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Power in international relations

Surge of the 'Second World'

Those nations falling between the developed West and the world’s poorest countries are jockeying for position in their own regions and playing powers against each other. They will make life increasingly difficult for the reigning great powers.

A Subversive on a Hill

With America mired in two wars and our economy in shambles, the chorus of declinists has returned. But the United States will endure because it is an elastic power.

Beyond American Hegemony

The United States should abandon its futile attempt to secure global hegemony in favor of a concert-of-power foreign-policy strategy.

The Democratic Imperative

The world's democrats have joined forces, to the benefit of all involved.

Therapy's End

NATO died with the Soviet Union. Get over it.


Old Empires Rise Again

China, Turkey, Russia, India, Brazil—the great powers of old are staging a comeback.

Pole Dancing

Rising powers like China, Russia and India are moving up in the world. Will their ascendance come at the expense of the United States?


Resets and Spheres of Influence

Surprise, Russia and China want their own spheres of influence. Condi Rice couldn't have been more wrong—the age of great-power politics is far from over.

Books & Reviews

A War, or Un-War?

Experts Peña and Pham square off on Iraq.

Books: Some Unconventional Wisdom

A review of The J Curve by Ian Bremmer and Winning the Un-War by Charles Peña.  Two authors turn their critical, discerning eye on the foibles of U.S. counter-terror and nation-building strategy. Just one offers a constructive course

Power Steering

Two optimistic portrayals of the international future--by political scientists Joseph Nye and Michael Mandelbaum--go under a historian's scalpel.

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April 20, 2014