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Wealth & Power in the 21st Century: Why Europe (Not China) is the World’s Second Superpower

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It has become fashionable to view international power in the 21st century as dominated by the United States, China, and India. Europe, meanwhile, is viewed as a spent geopolitical force. But, according to Professor Andrew Moravcsik, this view is dramatically wrong: Europe exerts far more influence than any power except the United States through projection of military force, trade, foreign aid, support for multilateral institutions and international law, European values, and the European Union processes of accession and “neighborhood policy.” In Moravcsik’s view, the world today is bipolar, and the other pole is Europe. The rise of other powers—such as the economic success of China—has not undermined Europe’s rise; it has enhanced it.

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