The West won the Cold War, but the tools of victory were ill-suited for the conflicts that followed. Washington’s assumption that it was now “the sole superpower” weakened us still further. Today, we suddenly find ourselves in a situation that seems similar to olden times—an apparent “Cold War II” with Russia and China. But the world, in fact, resembles more that of nineteenth-century power-politics, but with the nuclear weapons, instant communications, and somewhat functional international organizations that make conflict and conciliation at once more and less likely. In this talk, Fred Kaplan discusses how this not-really-quite-a-new-Cold-War is likely to shape the international landscape for decades to come.
29 Mar 23