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October-2012

How different the world looked in the early 1990s.  The Berlin Wall had come down and Reagan’s evil empire, the Soviet Union, was disintegrating before our very eyes, while, half a world away, it seemed only a matter of time before even communist China would succumb to the seemingly universal values of human rights, liberal democracies, and capitalist free-market economics.  No wonder President H.W. Bush triumphantly introduced “a new world order” in his speech to a joint session of Congress on September 11th 1990.  But fast-forward twenty years to today, and it’s astonishing to see how little of his vision has come true.  While a new world order has certainly emerged, its character is vastly different than what was envisioned at the end of the twentieth century. 

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