The Beginning Of History

The prospect of a timeless future has given way to visions of no future at all. Ideology remains a fault line in geopolitics, market globalisation is fragmenting, and great-power conflict has become increasingly likely. Read More Here

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How Great Powers Should Compete

Both China and the West espouse some version of multilateralism. But unfettered strategic competition, together with relentlessly negative rhetoric, precludes effective multilateralism, not least by disrupting trade and technology transfer – a crucial driver of development. Read More Here

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The Return Of Great-Power War

Tensions persist among today’s great powers—above all the United States and China—and any number of flash points could trigger a conflict between them. These two countries are on a collision course fuelled by the dynamics of a power transition and their competition for status and prestige, and without a change in direction, war between them […]

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All Great-Power Politics Is Local

The history of a number of major powers suggests that domestic policies were far more critical to their international standing than any of the clever stratagems, initiatives, ploys, schemes, or interventions they undertook abroad. Indeed, in some cases doing the right thing at home made it possible for the country to survive and recover after […]

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