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Monday, August 22, 2016

The Bear’s Lair: A multipolar world may be safest and best

http://www.tbwns.com/2016/08/22/bears-lair-multipolar-world-may-safest-best/

The Bear’s Lair: A multipolar world may be safest and best

Martin Hutchinson
For a decade now, American foreign policy types have been bemoaning the loss of the “hegemony” that the country appeared to enjoy in the 1990s. They even regret the allegedly stable “bipolar world” of Manichean if “cold” struggle that preceded it. Instead we are now heading into a multi-polar planet. Foreign policy pessimists liken this to the pre-1914 “Diplomacy” board game, in which no one power can control the world, and so war is supposedly more likely. This is wrong: a unipolar world is unsustainable in the long run, and a bipolar world highly dangerous. Only in our mew multi-polar future may we be truly safe from cosmic annihilation by war.
A unipolar world would be stable if one power had more than 50% of the world’s GDP and population, since in those circumstances the dominant power would be truly unassailable. That has never happened. Instead, the two unipolar periods in the last two centuries have been fleeting.http://www.tbwns.com/2016/08/22/bears-lair-multipolar-world-may-safest-best/

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