Futuribles Journal n° 389


The Future of Global Leadership: On Zbigniew Brzezinski’s “Strategic Vision”


The various crises the USA has experienced in recent decades (the attacks of 11 September 2001, the economic and financial crisis of 2007 etc.), against a background of deadlock on such major international questions as the fight against climate change and the emergence of new powers in Asia, have called into question the USA’s status as a global superpower. If this decline on the part of the USA in the management of international affairs continues and no other –national or regional– power takes over the reins, the future of the world looks very gloomy.

This is Zbigniew Brzezinski’s diagnosis in his latest study, in which he details the elements that have brought this situation about (the handicaps affecting the USA and contributing to its decline), maps out the perspectives that might ensue in the years to 2025 and suggests, by way of a “strategic vision” (mainly intended to guide American policy), the means for avoiding the chaos that might arise out of a leaderless world.

Bernard Cazes has read this book for Futuribles. He reviews its main ideas here and traces the general outlines of this new “strategic vision”.

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