Global Powers in the 21st Century

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Global Powers in the 21st Century

Strategies and Relations

Edited by Alexander T.J. Lennon and Amanda Kozlowski

Experts analyze the changing perspectives and objectives of global powers China, Japan, Russia, India, and the European Union in a strategic landscape shaped by the Iraq War.





Experts analyze the changing perspectives and objectives of global powers China, Japan, Russia, India, and the European Union in a strategic landscape shaped by the Iraq War.

Although the United States is considered the world's only superpower, other major powers seek to strengthen the roles they play on the global stage. Because of the Iraq War and its repercussions, many countries have placed an increased emphasis on multilateralism. This new desire for a multipolar world, however, may obscure the obvious question of what objectives other powerful countries seek. Few scholars and policymakers have addressed the role of the other major powers in a post-9/11 world. Global Powers in the 21st Century fills this gap, offering in-depth analyses of China, Japan, Russia, India, and the European Union in this new global context. Prominent analysts, including Zbigniew Brzezinski, C. Raja Mohan, David Shambaugh, Dmitri Trenin, Akio Watanabe, and Wu Xinbo, examine the policies and positions of these global players from both international and domestic perspectives. The book discusses each power's domestic politics, sources of power, post-9/11 changes, relationship with the United States, adjustments to globalization, and vision of its place in the world. Global Powers in the 21st Century offers readers a clear look at the handful of actors that will shape the world in the years ahead.

ContributorsFranco Algieri, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Yong Deng, Xenia Dormandy, Evan A. Feigenbaum, Michael J. Green, Robert E. Hunter, Edward J. Lincoln, Jeffrey Mankoff, C. Raja Mohan, Thomas G. Moore, Robin Niblett, George Perkovich, Gideon Rachman, Richard J. Samuels, Timothy M. Savage, Teresita C. Schaffer, David Shambaugh, Robert Sutter, Dmitri Trenin, Celeste A. Wallander, Akio Watanabe, Wu Xinbo


$34.00 X ISBN: 9780262622189 456 pp. | 6 in x 9 in


Alexander T.J. Lennon

Alexander T. J. Lennon is the editor-in-chief of The Washington Quarterly, the flagship journal of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). He is also a fellow in the international security program at CSIS, and an adjunct professor in Georgetown University's Security Studies program. He is the editor of The Epicenter of Crisis: The New Middle East; Reshaping Rogue States (MIT Press, 2008): Preemption, Regime Change, and U.S. Policy Toward Iran, Iraq, and North Korea (MIT Press, 2004); The Battle for Hearts and Minds: Using Soft Power to Undermine Terrorist Networks (MIT Press, 2003), What Does the World Want from America? and Contemporary Nuclear Debates (MIT Press, both 2002), and the coeditor (with Michael T. Mazarr) of Toward a Nuclear Peace (St. Martin's Press, 1994).

Amanda Kozlowski

Amanda Kozlowski is associate editor of The Washington Quarterly.


  • A really impressive collection of articles and authors helping to better understand a multipolar world—and not only through U.S. eyes—this volume will be both a guidebook to current security dilemmas and an inspiring invitation to new discussions and debates.

    Vladimir Orlov

    founding director, Center for Policy Studies (PIR Center), Moscow

  • Alexander Lennon and The Washington Quarterly have managed to gather an impressive collection of essays from some of the best experts in the field. As the United States seeks to reassess its place and role in the world, Global Powers in the 21st Century will be a precious guide for the next US administration.

    Bruno Tertrais

    senior research fellow, Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique (FRS), Paris

  • An extraordinary collection of essays that examines the rise of new states in the international arena and asks penetrating questions about what this new distribution of power might mean for future peace and stability. It is a must read for anyone determined to understand the multi-polarity that lurks in the future.

    Kurt Campbell

    CEO and cofounder, the Center for a New American Security (CNAS)

  • Compiling insights from some of the leading thinkers in their fields, Global Powers in the 21st Century is truly a valuable and far-reaching piece of scholarship toward grasping the diverse forces that will be shaping the shifting global order in years to come.

    Yoichi Funabashi

    editor-in-chief and columnist, Asahi Shimbun, Tokyo

  • The book is about the ongoing shifts in economic and political power that foretell a much different world—a world characterized by a greater distribution of power, but also by new uncertainties.

    Brahma Chellaney

    professor of strategic studies, Center for Policy Research, New Delhi