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Final Curtain: The End of the New World Order

Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012

Twenty-two years to the day after President George H.W. Bush evoked a "new world order" in an address to a joint session of Congress, the optimism that guided that vision seems a distant memory, even as the U.S. dominance that made it possible has given way to an increasingly multipolar system of global checks and balances. The economic integration of globalization, too, is being rolled back by the after-effects of the global financial crisis, while the state-based approach to global security has been rendered obsolete by the hybrid nature of globalized power. The combined effect is of an era coming to a close.

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