Disunited Nations: The Scramble for Power in an Ungoverned World

Peter Zeihan. Harper Business, $35 (464p) ISBN 978-0-06-291368-5
The coming end of American hegemony will be good for America, but disastrous for much of the world, according to this sweeping treatise on international relations. Zeihan (The Accidental Superpower), a geopolitical strategy consultant, predicts that a United States weary of foreign entanglements will stop enforcing the post-WWII global “order” in which it guaranteed the military security of allies, kept sea lanes open, and welcomed exports from developing countries. What follows, he contends, will be pervasive disorder, in which some nations flourish—including a rich, isolated United States—as others face political chaos, economic regression, war, and famine caused by the breakdown of global supply chains and international cooperation. Zeihan pegs his arguments to in-depth discussions of the geography and agricultural, economic, and demographic trends of major countries and their impact on regional rivalries. Some of his prognostications are convincing (China’s vulnerability to trade blockades means it will never be a global military power as many fear, he reasons), while others, including a prediction that Turkey will conquer Greece’s Aegean islands, feel iffy. Zeihan integrates a wealth of information and data into lucid analyses written in accessible, boisterous prose (“Canada is just so snarky. All. The. Goddamn. Time”). The result is a stimulating look into the geopolitical crystal ball. Agent: Jud Laghi, the Jud Laghi Agency. (Mar.)
Reviewed on : 01/07/2020
Release date: 01/01/2020
Genre: Nonfiction
Ebook - 256 pages - 978-0-06-291369-2
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