Disunited Nations: The Scramble for Power in an Ungoverned World

Disunited Nations: The Scramble for Power in an Ungoverned World

by Peter Zeihan


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Should we stop caring about fading regional powers like China, Russia, Germany, and Iran? Will the collapse of international cooperation push France, Turkey, Japan, and Saudi Arabia to the top of international concerns?

Most countries and companies are not prepared for the world Peter Zeihan says we’re already living in. For decades, America’s allies have depended on its might for their economic and physical security. But as a new age of American isolationism dawns, the results will surprise everyone. In Disunited Nations, geopolitical strategist Peter Zeihan presents a series of counterintuitive arguments about the future of a world where trade agreements are coming apart and international institutions are losing their power. 

Germany will decline as the most powerful country in Europe, with France taking its place. Every country should prepare for the collapse of China, not North Korea. We are already seeing, as Zeihan predicts, a shift in outlook on the Middle East: it is no longer Iran that is the region’s most dangerous threat, but Saudi Arabia. The world has gotten so accustomed to the “normal” of an American-dominated order that we have all forgotten the historical norm: several smaller, competing powers and economic systems throughout Europe and Asia. 

America isn’t the only nation stepping back from the international system. From Brazil to Great Britain to Russia, leaders are deciding that even if plenty of countries lose in the growing disunited chaos, their nations will benefit. The world isn’t falling apart—it’s being pushed apart. The countries and businesses prepared for this new every-country-for-itself ethic are those that will prevail; those shackled to the status quo will find themselves lost in the new world disorder.

Smart, interesting, and essential reading, Disunited Nations is a sure-to-be-controversial guidebook that analyzes the emerging shifts and resulting problems that will arise in the next two decades. We are entering a period of chaos, and no political or corporate leader can ignore Zeihan’s insights or his message if they want to survive and thrive in this uncertain new time.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062913685
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/03/2020
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 44,216
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.80(d)

About the Author

Peter Zeihan is a geopolitical strategist and the founder of the consulting firm Zeihan on Geopolitics. His clients include energy corporations, financial institutions, business associations, agricultural interests, universities, and the U.S. military. He is the author of The Accidental Superpower and The Absent Superpower. He lives in Austin, Texas.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Moments of Transition ix

Chapter 1 The Road So Far 1

Chapter 2 How to Rule the World, Part I: The American Model 28

Chapter 3 How to Rule the World, Part II: The British Model 49

Chapter 4 How to Be a Successful Country 62

China's Report Card 104

Chapter 5 Japan: Late Bloomer 105

Japan's Report Card 137

Chapter 6 Russia: The Failed Superpower 138

Russia's Report Card 164

Chapter 7 Germany: Superpower, Backfired 165

Germany's Report Card 187

Chapter 8 France: Desperately Seeking Dominance 188

France's Report Card 222

Chapter 9 Iran: The Ancient Superpower 223

Iran's Report Card 238

Chapter 10 Saudi Arabia: The Anti-Power and the Destruction of the Middle East 239

Saudi Arabia's Report Card 265

Chapter 11 Turkey: The Awakening Superpower 266

Turkeys Report Card 300

Chapter 12 Brazil: Sunset Approaches 301

Brazil's Report Card 327

Chapter 13 Argentina: The Politics of Self-Destruction 328

Argentina's Report Card 350

Chapter 14 The Misshape of Things to Come: The Future of American Foreign Policy 351

Thread 1 Unwinding the Global War on Terror 362

Thread 2 The Order Hangover 369

Thread 3 Strategic Retrenchment 377

Thread 4 Profits Without Borders 382

Thread 5 Desperately Seeking Instability 389

Chapter 15 The United States: The Distant Superpower 396

The United States' Report Card 424

Chapter 16 Present at the Destruction: The Dawning of the Fourth Age 425

Acknowledgments 431

Index 437

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