The issue of world order is central to an understanding of international politics. the shape of world order aff ects both the level of stability within the global system and the balance within it between confl ict and cooperation. However, since the end of the cold War, the nature of world order has been the subject of signifi cant debate and disagreement. early proclamations of the establishment of a ‘new world order’, characterized by peace and international cooperation, were soon replaced by talk of a unipolar world order, with the USa taking centre stage as the world’s sole superpower. this ‘unipolar moment’ may nevertheless have been brief. not only did the USa’s involvement in diffi cult and protracted counter-insurgency wars following September 11 strengthen the impression of US decline, but emerging powers, notably china, started to exert greater infl uence on the world stage.
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