A Not Quite Multipolar World
New emerging powers in the international realm are causing change in the world’s power dynamics. This has also occurred due to new regional and internal conflicts. While it is important to recognize the recently emerging states as they gain power, it is also critical to acknowledge that the United States is not a declining power, but an enduring one. Furthermore, the only significant emerging powers that can potentially begin to challenge the US hegemony would be the BRICS countries, eliminating numerous other emerging powers as threats. Even so, major economic struggles in the BRICS countries make them difficult to be perceived as strong opposition. Ultimately, this chapter explains that while it is crucial to acknowledge the ongoing changes in the current international order, many of the changes should be seen as small reforms as opposed to major revolutions.