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The Future of Global Affairs

Managing Discontinuity, Disruption and Destruction

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  • Explores agency beyond the nation state in Global Affairs, focusing on the role of coalitions, alliances and international organizations
  • Imagines the future of Global Affairs in a much more fluid and often confusing environment where rules are re-written on a regular basis
  • Focuses on the major threats the world will continue to face: from terrorism, to climate change, to cyber and energy, and how well-positioned (or not) we are to address them

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This book has two aims: first, to examines the evolving role of the state, and non-state actors, coupled with trends – including globalization, populism, post-truth, enlightened capitalism, feminist foreign policy, energy disruption, climate change, emerging cyber and other technologies, and the crisis in UN-centered multilateralism, to offer a prescient assessment of global affairs in the near future; and, second, to solidify the transdisciplinary nature of Global Affairs as a field of study that transcends the traditional conceptual silos. 

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Table of contents (13 chapters)


“This thought-provoking collection of essays surveys today’s troubled system of global governance. … Only this approach will help scholars understand an increasingly ‘complex, dynamic, and fragile’ world.” (G. John Ikenberry, Foreign Affairs,, May – June, 2021)

“The Future of Global Affairs is an exciting and balanced contribution to the debate about the potential trajectory of a world in flux. Tinged more with concern than utopian optimism, this volume captures a panoramic view of our cacophonous and disorderly world that is on the verge of disequilibrium and potential destruction unless key political actors, institutions, and processes can find a way to adapt global affairs to an increasingly plurilateral and intermestic era. A must-read for serious IR scholars; written in a way that is understandable to the lay person.” (W. Andy Knight, PhD, FRSC, University of Alberta)

“What is the future of the state?  Is multilateralism overrated as an answer to the diverse ills plaguing the global system? How might climate change disrupt geopolitical alliances that have been essential to peace in different regions of the world? Inspired by these and other urgent questions, this simultaneously illuminating and profoundly unsettling book traces the contours of the ascendant geopolitics, illustrating how one class of events can have contrasting resonances and implications around the world. Each chapter explores a different facet of global affairs, offering perspectives that, though not rosy, serious students of world politics will do well to take to heart.” (Ebenezer Obadare, Professor of Sociology, University of Kansas)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Center for Global Affairs, School of Professional Studies, New York University, New York, USA

    Christopher Ankersen, Waheguru Pal Singh Sidhu

About the editors

Christopher Ankersen is Clinical Associate Professor at the Center for Global Affairs, New York University School of Professional Studies. He is Senior Research Fellow at the German-Southeast Asian Center of Excellence for Public Policy and Good Governance (CPG), Bangkok.

Waheguru Pal Singh Sidhu is Clinical Associate Professor and leads the UN Specialization at the Center for Global Affairs, New York University School of Professional Studies. He is also Associate Fellow at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy and Guest Faculty at the NATO Defense College, Rome.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: The Future of Global Affairs

  • Book Subtitle: Managing Discontinuity, Disruption and Destruction

  • Editors: Christopher Ankersen, Waheguru Pal Singh Sidhu

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: Political Science and International Studies, Political Science and International Studies (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2021

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-56469-8Published: 02 October 2020

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-56472-8Published: 03 October 2021

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-56470-4Published: 01 October 2020

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XIX, 331

  • Number of Illustrations: 4 b/w illustrations, 3 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: International Relations Theory, International Security Studies

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