Near the end of the Second World War, the United States made a bold strategic gambit that rewired the international system. Empires were abolished and replaced by a global arrangement enforced by the U.S. Navy. With all the world's oceans safe for the first time in history, markets and resources were made available for everyone. Enemies became partners.
We think of this system as normal - it is not. We live in an artificial world on borrowed time.
In The Accidental Superpower, international strategist Peter Zeihan examines how the hard rules of geography are eroding the American commitment to free trade; how much of the planet is aging into a mass retirement that will enervate markets and capital supplies; and how, against all odds, it is the ever-ravenous American economy that - alone among the developed nations - is rapidly approaching energy independence. Combined, these factors are doing nothing less than overturning the global system and ushering in a new (dis)order.
For most, that is a disaster-in-waiting, but not for the Americans. The shale revolution allows Americans to sidestep an increasingly dangerous energy market. Only the United States boasts a youth population large enough to escape the sucking maw of global aging. Most important, geography will matter more than ever in a de-globalizing world, and America's geography is simply sublime.
|Publisher:||Grand Central Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||5.70(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.50(d)|
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1 The World We Think We Know 1
Chapter 2 Egypt: The Art of Getting from Here to There 11
Chapter 3 Technological Revolutions: Deepwater Navigation and Industrialization 23
Chapter 4 Enter the Accidental Superpower 46
Chapter 5 Buying Off Geopolitics 79
Chapter 6 The Demographic Roller Coaster 94
Chapter 7 The Rise of Shale 118
Chapter 8 The Coming International Disorder 143
Chapter 9 Partners 164
Chapter 10 Players 183
Chapter 11 History Returns to Europe 226
Chapter 12 The Alberta Question 252
Chapter 13 The North American Drug War 273
Chapter 14 The China Wars 294
Chapter 15 Migration and Terrorism 328
Epilogue. The American Age 348
Appendix I No Fear: Climate Change 351
Appendix II Demography and Trade 356