Zero-Sum Future by Gideon Rachman
American Power in an Age of Anxiety

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From one of the world’s most influential commentators on international affairs, chief foreign affairs columnist for the Financial Times, comes a stark warning about a gathering global political crisis.

Successive presidents have welcomed globalization and the rise of China. But with American unemployment stubbornly high and U.S. power facing new challenges, the stage is set for growing rivalry between America and China. The European Union is also ripping itself apart. The win-win logic of globalization is giving way to a zero-sum logic of political and economic struggle.

The new world we now live in, an age of anxiety, is a less prosperous, less stable world, with old ideas overthrown and new ideologies and powers on the rise. Rachman shows how zero-sum logic is thwarting efforts to deal with global problems from Afghanistan to unemployment, climate change to nuclear proliferation.

This timely and important book details why international politics is now more dangerous and volatile—and suggests what can be done to break away from the crippling logic of a zero-sum world.
 

About Gideon Rachman

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Gideon Rachman is the chief foreign affairs commentator for the Financial Times. Before joining the Financial Times in 2006, he was a senior editor and correspondent for The Economist for fifteen years. He has worked as a foreign correspondent in Washington, Brussels, and Bangkok and has reported from all over the world, including recently from Russia, China, India, and Afghanistan.
 
Published February 1, 2011 by Simon & Schuster. 357 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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and “the threat of a new wave of failed states.” In order to battle this zero-sum world, Rachman advises us to “keep calm and carry on,” and to not dwell on fear-driven international rivalries but instead to focus on global co-operation, “win-win” economic growth and hearty values.

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Rachman, the chief foreign affairs columnist for The Financial Times, seems to believe that this future — an Age of Anxiety — is already here.

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Culture Mob

the Age of Transformation (1978 – 1991), the Age of Optimism (1991 – 2008), and the Age of Anxiety (2008 – present), and in his account of each he captures the practical, philosophical and psychological changes that have brought us to where we are today: An age where new global powers are competi...

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International Affairs Review

Dani Rodrik, a Harvard professor of political economy, discussed the idea of global governance in an op-ed for Project Syndicate in November 2010 and reached a very different conclusion than Rachman on the practical utility of global governance.

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