FOREWORD

IAN BREMMER

It’s a provocative question for a turbulent time. The financial crisis of 2008–2009 accelerated an already inevitable shift in the world’s balance of political and economic power from a U.S.-dominated global order toward one in which emerging powers have become indispensable for real solutions to a gathering storm of transnational problems. It’s a transition from a global economy driven by the increasingly free flow across borders of ideas, information, people, money, goods, and services toward a system in which governments are using old tools in new ways to maintain political control in the face of rapid change. In Washington, it’s a move from a world where policymakers debated how best to wield America’s unmatchable ...

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