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For The Hill, IPD Senior Fellow Andrew Latham addresses the decline of the post-Cold War international order, characterized by the hegemony of the United States. Quoting Marxist philosopher Antonio Gramsci, he argues that “The old world is dying, and the new world struggles to be born: now is the time of monsters.” These “monsters” refer to states “bearing the imprint of both the dying old order and the new one struggling to be born — to states that combine incompatible features in weird, and perhaps dangerous, ways.”
And while the final form of the new international order has yet to be determined, there can be little doubt that, whatever the details, this new order will be very different from the one we inhabited during the heyday of what Charles Krauthammer famously dubbed “the unipolar moment.”
Andrew Latham (@aalatham) is a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Peace & Diplomacy and a Professor at Macalester College.