Nonpolar World, Bipolar Choices

For an altogether different, but not necessarily inconsistent, take on the post-unipolar moment than Richard Haass’ nonpolarity, Robert Kagan offers The End of the End of History. And if you can get past the first few paragraphs (ie. characterizing Russia and China as “the forces of autocracy”), he raises some very compelling points that are worth examining whether or not, as he argues, the leaders of Russia and China really do have a fundamental attachment to autocracy, and a hostility towards liberal democracy as an ideology. The usefulness of Kagan’s analysis, I think, lies less in the natural hostility he […]

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