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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 has growing influence over the future of the world.

Rising Powers: The New Global Reality is a Stanley Foundation project designed to raise awareness, motivate new thinking, and ultimately improve US foreign policy regarding this global transformation. Our aim is to discuss several of the countries challenging the global order, major issues which cut across national boundaries, and how all of this will impact American lives.

As this new world unfolds, America will increasingly need other nations, and they will need us in order to build a better future. Leadership and cooperation in this situation require understanding the world as it really exists.

Each country examined here tells a different story about the emerging world. And each story makes a compelling case that old ways of thinking about how the world is organized seem less and less relevant to today. Nuclear nonproliferation, energy, global institutions, and powerful nonstate actors (issues featured here) add urgency to the discussion.

"My message to [you] is not one of hopelessness but of realism. Our world is changing," said former World Bank President James Wolfesohn in a recent speech. "And you can make a huge difference by stimulating debate on these subjects and getting our children to understand that the world they will inherit from us is a very different world."

Please send us your thoughts on the changing global order and the materials offered here. All comments may be reprinted on this Web site and in related materials.

This page is part of Rising Powers: The New Global Reality, a project from the Stanley Foundation.

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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:

Brazil

Russia
China

South Africa
European Union

South Korea
India

Turkey
Japan

Other Countries

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

Energy

Nuclear Nonproliferation
Nonstate Actors

Global/Regional Systems

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

 
 
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