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Groups such as the United Nations, World Trade Organization (WTO), North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), and more provide structure to international relations. Today these global and regional systems are being challenged by a variety of post-Cold War trends including globalization, nonstate actors, nontraditional threats, changing patterns of global trade and finance, environmental pressures, and more.


Even with the end of the Cold War and the passing of America’s “unipolar moment,” the US role in this evolution is still vitally important. How the United States views its global position, what values it maintains and projects, and how these ideas get translated into policy will have great impact on the ability of new global and regional systems to successfully emerge.

In the end, global and regional systems are the mechanisms that allow nations to participate in multilateral, cooperative action. Managing today’s transnational threats and challenges requires a cross-regional, principled, and multilateral “coalition for global governance” that incorporates as many of today’s middle and rising powers as possible.

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The global order is changing. The 21st Century will be marked by many competing sources of global power. Across politics, economics, culture, military strength and more, a new group of countries have growing influence over the future of the world:



South Africa
European Union

South Korea


Other Countries

Big issues are also playing a cross-cutting role in this changing global order:


Nuclear Nonproliferation
Nonstate Actors

Global/Regional Systems

And this changing global order has implications for the United States.

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