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  • Hardcover
  • 272 pages
  • No Ones World
  • Charles A. Kupchan
  • English
  • 08 March 2016
  • 9780199739394

10 thoughts on “No Ones World

  1. Sean Sean says:

    A great overview of how the West and the Rest got to where they are today and how to manage the future The first half of the book wherein Kupchan walks the reader through the roots of Western primacy and the circumstances that held back the rest is the book's strongest point As he advances into analysis of the current American predicament of dysfunctional politics an international overreach however he falls back on some of the cliches that plague contemporary commentary Serious thinkers are obligated to present themselves as non partisan blaming the heinous political gridlock on both parties being excessively polarized; the truth of course is otherwise Holding up the Simpson Bowles commission to reduce the deficit as a great centrist idea to reduce the deficit he accuses both sides of ignoring when in fact Obama undercut it from the Right in his constant tactic of giving up before negotiating Meanwhile the Republican Party unable to accept even what was once their own policy flee ever further right ward Kupchan's policy prescriptions for handling the emerging multilateral order are sound despite an overly rosy tint If only he'd stood up and said what needed to be said about the domestic front

  2. billyskye billyskye says:

    Having come in with fairly high expectations I was disappointed by No One’s World The book read as a loosely stitched together collection of tired op eds “Restoring Western Solvency” “Managing No One’s World” and cosmetic descriptions of the world as it exists today African leaders are “The Strongmen” while Latin America is governed by “The Populists” At times the work seemed concerned with finding neat categories for the world’s governance structure an ironic diversion I might note given the impending chaos upon which the effort is premised than with exploring the niceties of the discussions this topic must surely provoke Claims and contentions were casually presented throughout the text with too few supporting data points to appear as anything than anecdotal evidence and too little attention to grant me many substantive take aways from the read This style made me less trusting of the offered information which increasingly began to appear as cherry picked facts made to further a pre existing argument than as an academic treatment Too much peddling of conventional wisdom too little original research and argument Two stars One for making vaguely interesting points about the rise of the West and how the United States should manage China the other for teaching me the word ‘comity’ which is pretty dope

  3. Samuel Lubell Samuel Lubell says:

    I found much of the book unconvincing The historical sections were superficial and tended to assume that what happened in history was inevitable and depended on characteristics that he does not really explain For instance he claims that Europe developed scientifically while the Islamic world didn't because Islam is a law based religion while Christianity is based on faith But plenty of Christian sects have plenty of rules and Catholicism for many years had rules scientists had to obey just ask Galileo

  4. Sami Sami says:

    Important but somewhat superficialKupchan's No One's World argues that the increasing prosperity of non western countries will not lead to China taking over the world nor will it in the near or medium term lead to a convergence towards liberal democracy Instead we are likely to see a political and ideological diversity not seen since Europe embarked on its colonial project There will be several competing versions of modernity none of which will be able to completely dominate the others Because of this the argument goes the West most notably America will have to retrench its global ambitions to a formula commensurate with is diminishing means The Atlantic democracies will have to stomach treating these alternative modernities as legitimate actors Thus there is an acute need for establishing fundamental principles that are to rule the future Most importantly there must be a redefinition of regime legitimacy That is to say we must extend the concept of legitimacy to those regimes that govern responsibly whether the nation safeguards the welfare of its citizens and refrains from compromising the security of other states eg aggression exporting WMD sponsoring terrorism be they democratic or autocratic He also argues that now is the most opportune window to establish such rulesOne of the strongest findings of international relations theory is that large and abrupt changes in the relative capabilities of states aka the global pecking order especially with regards to the current hegemon is extremely dangerous With the exception of the transfer of hegemony from Britain to the USA and the fall of the Soviet Union such changes have almost always led to large scale warfare The destabilizing presence of climate change as well as nuclear weapons means that the next 50 years is likely to be amongst the most dangerous ever encountered by our species It is thus critical that we establish ground rules acceptable to all major parties before the onset of anarchic thinking so ably described by the realist school of international relations See Waltz Theory of International PoliticsTo make his point that the world is not going to embrace liberal democracy he spends a couple of chapters describing the history of the rise of the West This of course is one of the biggest uestions in history see Morris Why the West Rules—for Now The Patterns of History and What They Reveal About the Future for a good overview of the competing theories as well as an attempt at synthesis and Kupchan's treatment of this major subject is in my opinion flimsy And importantly he doesn't seem to acknowledge the ongoing debate surrounding this topic instead he simply states his thesis as it was a factHis only point for bringing this up though is to argue that the rise of the West followed a trajectory that was uniue to the material conditions of early modern Europe and that today's rising powers are each following different paths toward modernity based on their own political demographic and socioeconomic conditionsWhat follows is two chapters describing why similar development did not occur in the rest of world and what modern political institutions have arisen there instead These chapters have in my opinion similar problems to the previous one in that they are convincing possibly even correct but superfluously treated and not engaging with the debates surrounding these uestions At times I felt that the writing was on the verge of devolving into oriental despotism style cultural determinism In essence their centralized and hierarchical institutions of political control engendered order and stability than in Europe—but at a high cost Centralization prevented the socioeconomic dynamism that was Europe’s greatest assetThe following chapter then explores what Kupchan identifies as the main alternatives to Westernization Some of these are so stereotypical that they border on parodies In short he just takes the simplest narratives established by the relevant area studies This part exemplifies my main problem with area studies that they have a tendency to create patterns of explanation that does not readily apply to other regions This isn't really a fault of area studies per se since creating broader theories is the responsibility of comparative politics Kupchan really excelled at this in his previous book How Enemies Become Friends The Sources of Stable Peace where he took the data created by area studies and incorporated it into a convincing framework with or less universal applicationThat kind of approach is not on display here and instead we are presented with simple versions of the prevailing narratives concerning the different non western regions Chinese communal autocracy Russian paternal autocracy Iranian theocracy African strongman dictatorship Persian Gulf tribal autocracy Latin American populism etc This part just seemed lazy to me And by just tagging a stereotype to the most famous countries he fails to expand these labels to the rest of world thus depriving us of some sense of the extent of these forms For example is Indonesia a tribal autocracy? A liberal democracy? What about Pakistan?On the whole the book feels either too short or too long Too short to be truly convincing in its presentation and too long not to feel tedious for the casual reader This was a disappointment seeing how good I thought his previous book How Enemies Become Friends wasThe publishers introduction also claims that More than simply diagnosing what lies ahead Kupchan provides a detailed strategy for striking a bargain between the West and the rising rest by fashioning a new consensus on issues of legitimacy sovereignty and governance I'd say that claiming that the book has a detailed strategy is pure hyperbole And the same goes for the chapter that purports to explain how to revive the West These chapters have a lot of good ideas but they are once again short and superfluous This turned out to be a policy book though and not a rigorously scholarly examination of the subject so its superfluousness is perhaps understandable given the medium Nor does my objections significantly detract from his main argument which I wholeheartedly agree with making this work both timely and important I just wish it could be convincing in its presentation

  5. Temple Dog Temple Dog says:

    Kupchan’s No One’s World is an ideal read for historical neophytes Kupchan chronicles the West the East and all things in between for the last two hundred years But if you have read Zakaria’s The Post American World or Bernard Lewis’s What When Wrong both of whom he sites in his book you may find this redundant However unlike either of those books which provide a historical perspective with a nod to the contemporary landscape neither offer a solution to the inevitable decline of the West’s global supremacy If you read this book for nothing else Kaupchan’s chapter on “Managing No One’s World” concisely outlines a strategic framework for how the West can co manage alongside the emerging powersTD is on the fence about this one

  6. Jim Jim says:

    This book presents a strong argument that not only is US hegemony unlikely to continue in the coming decades but that we are not well served by policies based on the belief that liberal democracy is the only legitimate form of government After somewhat tediously opening with a review of the rise of liberal democracy in Europe and the US needed to support his thesis that liberal democracy is not inevitable Kupchan describes why he believes that the communal paternal and tribal autocracies of China Russia and the Middle East emirates are likely to remain stable dominant world players Further he argues that our efforts to promote liberal democracy have mostly backfired as can be seen not only in Ira and Afghanistan but also in the strongman nations of Africa where elections produce winner take all corruption Even in Latin America where democracy has taken hold its effects are often not in US power interests but have resulted in left leaning populist leaders who take an understandably dim view of US meddling In the final chapter he prescribes changes to US and Western European policy and practice that may help smooth the inevitable transition to a world with no dominant power including acceptance of other measures of a government's legitimacy strengthening of financial regulations and broad reductions in US military spending

  7. Jeffrey Hart Jeffrey Hart says:

    Kupchan has written a book for popular audiences on the current challenges to US foreign policy stemming from the growing influence of governments outside the traditional circle of Western great powers It is an intellectually ambitious book in that the first three chapters attempt to synthesize a variety of ideas about the differences between the democratic industrialized nations of the West and the nations that arose in the wake of the breakup of the Ottoman empire He enunciates an interesting but perhaps not compelling theory about the role of Protestants vs Catholics in the West and Shiites vs Sunnis in the Ottoman world in the second and third chapters The rest of the book is devoted to a description of the rise of the so called BRICs and suggestions for how to think about a world in which it will not be possible to rely on the imposition of Western values on everyone else to forge a new world order

  8. Harry Steinmetz Harry Steinmetz says:

    This ultimately struck me an a No Sht book It is a terrific history of how the west became dominant in forgien policy and offers some insights into what to expect from this point forward But the books conclusion that we are headed to a multi polar world just seems obvious to me The author also doesn't adauately take on the American Firsters other than to say that we cannot maintain our dominance that we currently enjoy While I agree there are many that think we should do all we can to maintain our dominance including taking a stronger military posture While it seems to me it is a war we cannot win the author doesn't address this line of thinking All in all a good history and a good job laying out the current and near future landscape But no great insights and it is unwilling to take on other points of view

  9. The American Conservative The American Conservative says:

    'The good news is that Kupchan’s book is just the right size—around 200 pages—with not too many endnotes and a short but valuable bibliography Kupchan is readable without being too glib He is clearly an “insider” he is a former National Security Council staffer but exhibits a healthy level of detachment And Kupchan displays a commendable willingness to adjust his grand vision to changing realities'Read the full review We Are Not All Americans Now on our website

  10. Simon Mould Simon Mould says:

    A useful read explaining the shift of power from a postmodern perspective Kupchan is considered one of today's IR experts and is worth reading in order to understand accepted paradigms among the experts

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No Ones World✹ [BOOKS] ✭ No Ones World By Charles A. Kupchan ❃ – The world is on the cusp of a global turn Between 1500 and 1800 the West sprinted ahead of other centers of power in Asia and the Middle East Europe and the United States have dominated the world sinc The world is on the cusp of a global turn Between and the West sprinted ahead of other centers of power in Asia and the Middle East Europe and the United States have dominated the world since But today the West's preeminence is slipping away as China India No Ones PDF or Brazil and other emerging powers rise Although most strategists recognize that the dominance of the West is on the wane they are confident that its founding ideas democracy capitalism and secular nationalism will continue to spread ensuring that the Western order will outlast its primacyIn No One's World Charles A Kupchan boldly challenges this view arguing that the world is headed for political and ideological diversity; emerging powers will neither defer to the West's lead nor converge toward the Western way The ascent of the West was the product of social and economic conditions uniue to Europe and the United States As other regions now rise they are following their own paths to modernity and embracing their own conceptions of domestic and international orderKupchan contends that the Western order will not be displaced by a new great power or dominant political model The twenty first century will not belong to America China Asia or anyone else It will be no one's world For the first time in history the world will be interdependent but without a center of gravity or global guardianMore than simply diagnosing what lies ahead Kupchan provides a detailed strategy for striking a bargain between the West and the rising rest by fashioning a new consensus on issues of legitimacy sovereignty and governance Thoughtful provocative sweeping in scope this work is nothing less than a global guidebook for the st century.