Thomas Kuhn taught us long ago that paradigms die hard. In this instance, let’s hope that the clear emergence of the World Without the West will finally serve as a wake-up call that it’s time to move beyond the way we’ve traditionally thought about the choices facing rising powers. The United States cannot afford to sit back and wait for China to either join or challenge the liberal order, while in the real world Beijing is incrementally building an alternative order.
Naazneen Barma is Assistant Professor of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School.
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