At the end of the first decade of the 21st century, two major trends dominate international relations: competition between powers of continental size; and the rapid growth of the BRICS, China in particular. These trends are now well established, and projections for coming years assume they will continue, differing only on the date when China will become the world’s leading economic power.
The trend that seems most probable (although there is always some uncertainty) is an acceleration of the shift of power now under way. This shift will affect not only the United States and China, but the broader system of international relationships in its entirety.
Great changes await us. And those who prove capable of skillfully wielding the tools of geopolitics will be called to face tremendous challenges.