3rd Prize Winner of the General Prize Essay Contest
The General Prize Essay Contest is funded by Andrew and Barbara Taylor & the Crawford Taylor Foundation.
The post-Cold War era is over. For the three decades after the end of that bipolar conflict—what some have called the unipolar moment—the United States played a hegemonic role as not only the world’s sole superpower but also its sole great power. As geopolitics has sailed further into the 21st century, however, we have seen the return of history.1 Other great powers have risen, regional powers have strengthened, and international relations have become a complicated and multipolar affair.2