New Order: A look at how "the multipolar world" came to be. A review of After Empire: The Birth of a Multipolar World by Dilip Hiro. From Agora, an essay on a new power structure of the world. The myriad maps of a new global order are turning out to be as ephemeral as couturiers’ spring collections. Thomas P.M. Barnett on the fallacy of an increasingly dangerous world. Restraining Order: The world may still need a lot of help, but it's time that we divvy up some of the work among our allies. Geoffrey Wheatcroft on the constraints of US foreign policy. A review of The Great American Gamble: Deterrence Theory and Practice from the Cold War to the Twenty-First Century by Keith Payne. The end of the end of history: A review of America Between the Wars: From 11/9 to 9/11 by Dereck Chollet and James Goldgeier, Clinton’s Foreign Policy: Between the Bushes, 1992-2000 by John Dumbrell, The Second World: How Emerging Powers Are Redefining Global Competition in the Twenty-first Century by Parag Khanna, and The Return of History and the End of Dreams by Robert Kagan. In retrospect, neither The End of History nor The Clash of Civilizations prepared the US for the post-Cold War world, yet a reliable school of creative thinkers existed — even if it did include a dead apostate or two. An excerpt from Superpower Illusions: How Myths and False Ideologies Led America Astray — And How to Return to Reality by Jack Matlock. A review of Follies of Power: America’s Unipolar Fantasy by David Calleo. A review of The Only Super Power: Reflections on Strength, Weakness, and Anti-Americanism by Paul Hollander. Our Faltering Rivals: The U.S. is in decline, sure — but it’s still leading. From The American Interest, James Kurth on the pillars of the next American century.

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