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In this video of a November 18, 2008, presentation, Nina Hachigian, a senior vice president at the Center for American Progress and a visiting scholar of the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University, discusses "The United States, Pivotal Powers, and the New Global Reality." Since the end of the Cold War, the United States has enjoyed primacy in world affairs. Yet the 21st century promises to be characterized by multiple and competing sources of global power. As China, India, Russia, the European Union, Japan, and others gain strength across various dimensions of power—political, military, economic, and cultural, among others—shifting patterns of major power dynamics will become more critical to the future of the international system.  Watch as she provides analysis of the dynamics driving the diffusion, redistribution, and redefinition of power around the globe and suggest policy options for how the United States can continue to play a global leadership role in an age of multiple major powers.

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