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A Post-American Geopolitical World Order: Uneven Development and the Shifting Balance of Power

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The aim of this chapter is two-fold. On the one hand, it reflects at an empirical level the first layer of the theoretical framework outlined in Chapter 1, the systemic level. This is the geopolitical context within which both Obama and Trump have had to lead US foreign policy. On the other hand, it provides an empirical analysis of how the post-Cold War order has evolved into a less US-friendly order. This chapter reviews debates on the crisis of the Liberal International Order and it develops an analysis of the changing balance of economic power between the United States and China. Then, it explores geopolitical dynamics in the Middle East, the Eurasian supercontinent, and the Indo-Pacific. It argues that the geopolitical world order has become post-American because of the uneven geographical development of capitalism and the rise of China is a highly strategic region of the world, the Western Pacific.

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Leoni, Z. (2021). A Post-American Geopolitical World Order: Uneven Development and the Shifting Balance of Power. In: American Grand Strategy from Obama to Trump. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-54742-4_4

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