Foreign policies, the values that go into them, and the international system itself are very different from those assumed when the Peace of Westphalia shaped the world. But there is no new consensus: practice lags behind perception, and paradoxes imperil prediction. The resulting instability is a force for change but what it will lead to remains a puzzle. This comprehensive and well-argued essay brings these themes into sharp focus and should stimulate much thought. W.D.
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