Discussion Five

This discussion about the future of international order does not explicitly refer to any of the readings that we have read and discussed in this course, so here are some recent articles to provide some food for thought:

Conflict or Cooperation?
Richard K. Betts (Nov/Dec 2010)

After the Cold War, Francis Fukuyama, Samuel Huntington, and John Mearsheimer each presented a bold vision of what the driving forces of world politics would be. The world in 2010 hardly seems on a more promising track — a reminder that simple visions, however powerful, do not hold up as reliable predictors of particular developments.

The Age of Possibility Roger Cohen (29 Nov. 2010)

A new world order is taking shape, but we can avoid the violence that rapid change usually entails.

China says does not want to “replace” U.S. as world power Reuters (7 Dec. 2010)

China does not want to “replace” the United States from its dominant role in the world, and the world should not fear China’s rise, the country’s top diplomat wrote in an essay.

Complexity and Collapse Niall Ferguson (March/April 2010)

Imperial collapse may come much more suddenly than many historians imagine. A combination of fiscal deficits and military overstretch suggests that the United States may be the next empire on the precipice.


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