Peering into a Multipolar World

Peering into a Multipolar World

An informal concert of powers arrangement has been developing in the last decade, as international institutions have been pressed by the financial crisis, authoritarian collapses in Libya, Egypt and now Syria, and continued development of Iranian nuclear capability -- short, so far, of weaponization. In fits and starts, the G-20 superseded the G-8 as the major economic coordinating body. The UN Security Council supported American and European-led sanctions on Iran. And China and the U.S. have broadened and deepened their dialogues to ensure continued focus on shared interests, such as security of the sea lanes, even as their geopolitical conflicts remain.

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