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The End of Power: From Boardrooms to Battlefields and Churches to States, Why Being In Charge Isn't What It Used to Be by Moisés Naím

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THE DECAY OF POWER AND THE NEW RULES OF WAR

“Never again” is the universal motto of war’s survivors. Yet a day does not go by without a reminder that violence, terror, and coercion remain potent forces shaping human lives and communities. The Cold War’s “peace dividend” quickly fizzled in the face of the Gulf War, the first World Trade Center attack, the conflict in the Balkans, genocide in Rwanda, civil wars in West Africa, and more. Author Robert Kaplan warned of the “coming anarchy” as states propped up by the Cold War disintegrated and ethnic and religious tensions surged.36 The shock of 9/11, the rise of Al Qaeda and its clones, and the prosecution of a “global war on terror” under one name or another since then have compounded the sense ...

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