Charles Kupchan predicted the twenty-first century will not belong to America, China, Asia, or anyone else...
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 primacy. In No One’s World: The West, the Rising Rest, and the Coming Global Turn, Charles Kupchan challenged this view, arguing that the world is headed for political and ideological diversity; he believed the ascent of the West was the product of social and economic conditions unique 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 order. 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, Kupchan says, the world will be interdependent—but without a center of gravity or global guardian.
Charles A. Kupchan is Professor of International Affairs at Georgetown University and Whitney Shepardson Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. He served on the National Security Council during the Clinton presidency and is the author of How Enemies Become Friends and The End of the American Era.