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As a result, Zakaria points out, our world already appears post American in many ways.
"In one month in 2008, India and Brazil were willing to frontally defy the United States at the Doha trade talks, Russia attacked and occupied parts of Georgia, and China hosted the most spectacular and expensive Olympic Games in history. Ten years ago, not one of the four would have been powerful or confident enough to act as it did."
In his 2008 international bestseller The Post American World, Fareed Zakaria wrote, "The future is already here." If there were any doubts as to the veracity of that claim, the whirlwind events of the last three years have settled them.
This presents America with a unique challenge. While we still live, militarily speaking, in a single superpower world, the distribution of power in other spheres cultural, industrial, educational and financial has already begun to shift.
None of this will be easy for a country whose leaders have become accustomed to unquestioned dominance, and the obstacles facing the United States have only grown taller since the original publication of the book.
Even Zakaria's most forward looking projections haven't been able to keep pace with the acceleration of the "rise of the rest," the indelible phrase he coined in 2008 to describe the economic and political ascendance of emerging powers such as Brazil, China, and India.
As other countries grow in importance, the central role of the United States shrinks. No longer can America play the traditional part of dominating hegemon; it must become a more pragmatic, honest broker, sharing power as it attempts to build coalitions, reclaim its lost legitimacy, and continue to define the global agenda.
India's annual growth rate dropped to 5.7 percent in 2009, but jumped back up to 9.7 percent in 2010. China's GDP growth has held steady at 9 percent or higher since the financial meltdown.
Now, in a fully revised and completely updated edition,The Post American World (Release 2.0)Zakaria reviews the shifts of power he originally identified, marvels at how quickly they have occurred, and discusses the vast political and economic implications.
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tallest building in the world is now in Dubai. The world's richest man is Mexican, and its largest publicly traded corporation is Chinese. Even shopping, America's greatest sporting activity, has gone global. Of the top ten malls in the world, only one is in the United States; the world's biggest is in Dongguan, China.
Furthermore, the financial crisis of 2008, instead of slowing or reversing this shift as one might expect, actually narrowed the gap between the West and the rest. While the United States and other wealthy economies have floundered through a prolonged period of slow growth, high unemployment, and crippling debt, the countries that constitute "the rest" have rebounded quickly.
Fareed bookThe Post American World (Release 2.0)just came out today. You can get it on your eReader, as an audiobook, in paperback and in hardcover. Here the description of the book from Fareed publisher:
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But the rise of the rest is the great story of our time, one that will shape the future of global power, and it has arrived earlier than anyone expected. Can America adapt to this new Youth Canada Goose Expedition Parka Blue Topaz Outlet Nz era, or will it become the only country that, in a globalized world of its own making, forgot to globalize itself?As depressing as the current state of affairs in America is, especially for those of us in the job market, I am looking forward to the of the rest I think it will be good for us. America is stagnated in many ways, we are stuck in our ways. Being exposed to new cultures, new beliefs, new thoughts may spur the kind of innovation that America needs to thrive. For too long our dominance of the world has blinded us to what other countries/cultures have to offer. After all, if you are the best, what can you possibly gain from others? But now maybe Americans will start paying attention to other cultures, and just maybe we can learn something. And maybe the whole world will be the better for it. The brave ones will address the central disease: our electoral system which has been hijacked (with the High Court complicity!) by money! Solve that, and pundits and the rest of us will be involved in an honest discussion of our ills and come up with solutions that matter and are not warped by special interests. I just listened to Fareed talk for an hour about his book, and this central cause for what ails us was not mentioned once.