Fareed Zakaria's international bestseller The Post-American World pointed to the "rise of the rest"-the growth of countries like China, India, Brazil, and others-as the great story of our time, the story that will undoubtedly shape the future of global power. Since its publication, the trends he identified have proceeded faster than anyone could have anticipated. The 2008 financial crisis turned the world upside down, stalling the United States and other advanced economies. Meanwhile emerging markets have surged ahead, coupling their economic growth with pride, nationalism, and a determination to shape their own future.
In this new edition, Zakaria makes sense of this rapidly changing landscape. With his customary lucidity, insight, and imagination, he draws on lessons from the two great power shifts of the past 500 years-the rise of the Western world and the rise of the United States-to tell us what we can expect from the third shift, the "rise of the rest." The great challenge for Britain was economic decline. The challenge for America now is political decline, for as others have grown in importance, the central role of the United States, especially in the ascendant emerging markets, has already begun to shrink. As Zakaria eloquently argues, Washington needs to begin a serious transformation of its global strategy, moving from its traditional role of dominating hegemon to that of a more pragmatic, honest broker. It must seek to share power, create coalitions, build legitimacy, and define the global agenda-all formidable tasks.
None of this will be easy for the greatest power the world has ever known-the only power that for so long has really mattered. America stands at a crossroads: In a new global era where the United States no longer dominates the worldwide economy, orchestrates geopolitics, or overwhelms cultures, can the nation continue to thrive?
Noted commentator Fareed Zakaria issues a major statement about the a new world order, in which the United States plays a leading role, but not the dominating role that many American have been used to. Global growth has brought robust economic activity around the world, and he notes the rise of India, China, and other countries. Zakaria tells how and why this happened and where it can lead, taking the time to provide enough historical background to explain current events. Writing from his own perspective, and drawing on his experiences, Zakaria remains an enthusiastic booster of the American way, and is sanguine about the ability of America to adapt to a changing world. Selected by the New York Times Book Review as a Notable Book of 2008.
- Political Science, Business + Money Management
- International Relations / Diplomacy, International / General, International / Economics
- May 31, 2011
- May 31, 2011
- Fareed Zakaria