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Rising Powers: The New Global Reality
America Can Thrive in a Changing Global Order
The United States has an opportunity to forge enduring partnerships with rising powers to solve pressing global problems

Two recent events—the Beijing Olympics and the Russian invasion of Georgia—served to bookmark a new global reality: the primacy in world affairs that the United States has enjoyed since the end of the Cold War is diminishing. China, India, Russia, the European Union, and Japan, among others, have been gaining strength relative to the United States. According to some analysts, these changes in the global distribution of power mark the biggest power shift in global affairs since the rise of the United States, Germany, and Japan in the 19th century—a...

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