Thursday, February 09, 2006

Asian Superpowers

Washington Post's terrific columnist Jim Hoagland writes today about Tales of Asia Rising

This is a tale with two morals: One should always distrust neat symbols that fit handily into preconceived and popularized strategic theories.

The other is that the continental transfer of superpower is no more certain than was the popular "end of history" notion of the past decade. There is no straight line to a new unipolar hegemony in a world in which the fragmentation of state power is common to all regions. It is always more complicated tomorrow than we believe today.

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