No One’s World: The West, the Rising Rest, and the Coming Global Turn

The Center for International Studies presents and The World Beyond the Headlines


No One’s World:
The West, the Rising Rest, and the Coming Global Turn

Wednesday, February 29th
6:00-7:30 PM
International House, Assembly Hall
1414 East 59th Street

Free and open to the public.

Although most strategists recognize that the dominance of the West is on the wane, they are confident that its founding ideas—democracy, capitalism, and secular nationalism—will continue to spread, ensuring that the Western order will outlast its primacy.

In No One’s World: The West, the Rising Rest, and the Coming Global Turn, Charles Kupchan challenges this view, arguing that the world is headed for political and ideological diversity; he believes the ascent of the West was the product of social and economic conditions unique to Europe and the United States.

As other regions now rise, they are following their own paths to modernity and embracing their own conceptions of domestic and international order. The twenty-first century will not belong to America, China, Asia, or anyone else. It will be no one‘s world. For the first time in history, Kupchan says, the world will be interdependent—but without a center of gravity or global guardian.

CHARLES A. KUPCHAN is Professor of International Affairs at Georgetown University and Whitney Shepardson Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. He served on the National Security Council during the Clinton presidency and is the author of How Enemies Become Friends and The End of the American Era.


The World Beyond the Headlines lecture series is a project of the Center for International Studies. This event is cosponsored by International House and the Seminary Coop Bookstores. Speakers at past World Beyond the Headlines events include former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, 2004 Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai, journalists Neil MacFarquhar and James Fallows, economist Jeffrey Sachs, and NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

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