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Post-Cold War, the world remains "unipolar", but international competition among the United States, Russia, China, Europe, Japan, India, and Iran raise new threats of regional conflict. Communism is dead, but a new contest between Western liberalism and the great Eastern autocracies of Russia and China has reinjected ideology into geopolitics.

Radical Islamists are waging a violent struggle against the modern secular cultures and powers that, in their view, have dominated, penetrated, and polluted their Islamic world. The grand expectation that the world would enter an era of international geopolitical convergence has proven wrong.

Kagan poses the most important questions facing the liberal democratic countries, challenging them to choose whether they want to shape history or let others shape it for them.

©2008 Robert Kagan (P)2008 BBC Audiobooks America

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Original thoughts about superpower relationships

Provides in depth analysis of relationships of former superpowers and new powers that sprung on world stage. Interesting predictions. Only time will tell how accurate these predictions are...

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Shake up your world

Once in a while, an audiobook will come about that blows you away with astute observations about the way of the world. This is one of those audiobooks! A must!

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