“For the first time in seven decades, we live in a world without global leadership,” Bremmer writes, unveiling a bleak portrait of a chaotic and ungoverned global order in which the G-7 countries are in decline. The United States, burdened with deficits and debt, is less willing and able to support an open and stable system or to play the role of global policeman. Europe and Japan are also struggling and losing the ability to support an American-led order. Rising non-Western states, such as Brazil, China, and India, are gaining ground and seeking more influence in global affairs, but they are still seized with the problems of development and cannot lead. At the same time, the world is increasingly buffeted by “problems with-out borders,” such as weapons proliferation and global warming. In spite of this disarray in global governance, Bremmer does not foresee traditional conflicts between great powers in the coming era. He hints at the likelihood of growing trade protectionism but expects great powers to clash more often in cyberspace than in conventional military and geopolitical arenas.
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