Strategy in an Era of Rising Powers: The British Dilemma

The RUSI Journal

Author/s (editor/s):

Benjamin Zala

Publication year:

2015

Publication type:

Journal article

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Taylor & Francis

Published in The RUSI Journal, 160(6) 2015: 12-18.

With the rise of new centres of power, the environment in which British decision-makers attempt to create an effective foreign and defence strategy is undergoing a profound change. Benjamin Zala argues for a three-pronged response. First, finding a way of building a national strategy for a world in which new powers are rising in different ways and at different rates that avoids the conceptual dead ends of a ‘networked’ and ‘nonpolar’ world. Second, revisiting the debate over the costs and benefits of the US alliance in light of the potential return of major-power alliances for the first time since the Second World War. Third, pursuing a British approach to multilateralism and global-governance reform that reflects the decreasing dominance of the West.

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