The Age of Nonpolarity

What Will Follow U.S. Dominance

Author: Richard N. Haass, President, Council on Foreign Relations
May/June 2008
Foreign Affairs

The United States' unipolar moment is over. International relations in the twenty-first century will be defined by nonpolarity. Power will be diffuse rather than concentrated, and the influence of nation-states will decline as that of nonstate actors increases. But this is not all bad news for the United States; Washington can still manage the transition and make the world a safer place.

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