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Cool War - The Future of Global Competition

Noah Feldman

A bold and thought-provoking look at the future of U.S.-China relations, and how their coming power struggle will reshape the competitive playing field for nations around the world The Cold War seemingly ended in a decisive victory for the West. But now, Noah Feldman argues, we are entering an era of renewed global struggle: the era of Cool War. Just as the Cold War matched the planet's reigning superpowers in a contest for geopolitical supremacy, so this new age will pit the United States against a rising China in a contest for dominance, alliances, and resources. Already visible in Asia, the conflict will extend to the Middle East (U.S.-backed Israel versus Chinese-backed Iran), Africa, and beyond. Yet this Cool War differs fundamentally from the zero-sum showdowns of the past: The world's major power and its leading challenger are economically interdependent to an unprecedented degree. Exports to the U.S. account for nearly a quarter of Chinese trade, while the Chinese government holds 8 percent of America's outstanding debt. This positive-sum interdependence has profound implications for nations, corporations, and international institutions. It makes what looked to be a classic contest between two great powers into something much more complex, contradictory, and badly in need of the shrewd and carefully reasoned analysis that Feldman provides. To understand the looming competition with China, we must understand the incentives that drive Chinese policy. Feldman offers an arresting take on that country's secretive hierarchy, proposing that the hereditary "princelings" who reap the benefits of the complicated Chinese political system are actually in partnership with the meritocrats who keep the system full of fresh talent and the reformers who are trying to root out corruption and foster government accountability. He provides a clear-eyed analysis of the years ahead, showing how China's rise presents opportunities as well as risks. Robust competition could make the U.S. leaner, smarter, and more pragmat

A bold and thought-provoking look at the future of U.S.-China relations, and how their coming power struggle will reshape the competitive playing field for nations around the world The Cold War seemingly ended in a decisive victory for the West. But now, Noah Feldman argues, we are entering an era of renewed global struggle: the era of Cool War. Just as the Cold War matched the planet's reigning superpowers in a contest for geopolitical supremacy, so this new age will pit the United States against a rising China in a contest for dominance, alliances, and resources. Already visible in Asia, the conflict will extend to the Middle East (U.S.-backed Israel versus Chinese-backed Iran), Africa, and beyond. Yet this Cool War differs fundamentally from the zero-sum showdowns of the past: The world's major power and its leading challenger are economically interdependent to an unprecedented degree. Exports to the U.S. account for nearly a quarter of Chinese trade, while the Chinese government holds 8 percent of America's outstanding debt. This positive-sum interdependence has profound implications for nations, corporations, and international institutions. It makes what looked to be a classic contest between two great powers into something much more complex, contradictory, and badly in need of the shrewd and carefully reasoned analysis that Feldman provides. To understand the looming competition with China, we must understand the incentives that drive Chinese policy. Feldman offers an arresting take on that country's secretive hierarchy, proposing that the hereditary "princelings" who reap the benefits of the complicated Chinese political system are actually in partnership with the meritocrats who keep the system full of fresh talent and the reformers who are trying to root out corruption and foster government accountability. He provides a clear-eyed analysis of the years ahead, showing how China's rise presents opportunities as well as risks. Robust competition could make the U.S. leaner, smarter, and more pragmat
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A bold and thought-provoking look at the future of U.S.-China relations, and how their coming power struggle will reshape the competitive playing field for nations around the world The Cold War seemingly ended in a decisive victory for the West. But now, Noah Feldman argues, we are entering an era of renewed global struggle: the era of Cool War. Just as the Cold War matched the planet's reigning superpowers in a contest for geopolitical supremacy, so this new age will pit the United States against a rising China in a contest for dominance, alliances, and resources. Already visible in Asia, the conflict will extend to the Middle East (U.S.-backed Israel versus Chinese-backed Iran), Africa, and beyond. Yet this Cool War differs fundamentally from the zero-sum showdowns of the past: The world's major power and its leading challenger are economically interdependent to an unprecedented degree. Exports to the U.S. account for nearly a quarter of Chinese trade, while the Chinese government holds 8 percent of America's outstanding debt. This positive-sum interdependence has profound implications for nations, corporations, and international institutions. It makes what looked to be a classic contest between two great powers into something much more complex, contradictory, and badly in need of the shrewd and carefully reasoned analysis that Feldman provides. To understand the looming competition with China, we must understand the incentives that drive Chinese policy. Feldman offers an arresting take on that country's secretive hierarchy, proposing that the hereditary "princelings" who reap the benefits of the complicated Chinese political system are actually in partnership with the meritocrats who keep the system full of fresh talent and the reformers who are trying to root out corruption and foster government accountability. He provides a clear-eyed analysis of the years ahead, showing how China's rise presents opportunities as well as risks. Robust competition could make the U.S. leaner, smarter, and more pragmat

Language:

English

Length:

5h 54m


Chapters

Free Sample

04:05

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:13


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:06


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:32


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:35


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:46


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

07:24


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:05


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:32


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:28


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:02


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:46


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:51


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:28


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:08


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

03:42


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:48


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:40


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:45


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:28


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:32


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:00


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:56


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:27


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:51


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:23


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:15


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:10


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:53


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

07:46


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:23


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:15


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:26


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:46


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:08


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:16


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

02:16


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:47


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:29


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:10


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:12


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:43


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:39


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:14


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:07


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

07:32


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

07:47


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:49


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

03:54


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

08:00


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

07:14


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

07:22


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

07:25


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:54


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

07:12


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

07:20


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

07:41


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

06:52


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

05:06


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:36


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

00:29