Everybody wants to rule the world.

About a month ago I finished Robert Kagan's short and very readable The Return of History and the End of Dreams.
Mindful of Kagan's neoconservative credentials, I fully expected to
dislike his book. However, much to my surprise I enjoyed it. Perhaps in response to Francis Fukuyama's The End of History
Kagan sees today's geopolitical struggles as a throwback to the world
of the 19th century. Just as democratic England and American saw the
autocratic monarchies of central Europe and Russia and their rivals and
sometime adversaries, today's United States, EU, Japan and India
contend with autocratic rivals Russia, China, Iran and North Korea. I
enjoyed this book and recommend it to any readers interested in the
fields of comparative politics or international relations. Kagan's book also makes a worthy companion to other recent works on international relations/comparative politics such as The New Asian Hemisphere:The Irresistible Shift of Global Power to the East by Kishore Mahbubani and Parag Khanna's  The Second World: Empires and Influence in the New Global Order.

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