Irresistible demographic and social trends are undermining entrenched authorities everywhere, creating a world in which no single power or coalition can impose its will on the rest of the global community. As Western hegemony dwindles, there is a growing need for power sharing and collective management of global commons, but transnational collaboration is likely to be obstructed by precisely the societies that are most indispensable to future progress—by Western nations trying to prolong past dominance and by Chinese and Islamic leaders who are eager to assert decisive influence in their own right.
Robert R. Bianchi, Advisor and Visiting Professor, Middle East Studies Institute, Shanghai International Studies University
NYU Abu Dhabi Institute
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