The Changing World Order: From the Opening of the Berlin Wall to the Financial Crash

  • Andrew GambleEmail author
Part of the United Nations University Series on Regionalism book series (UNSR, volume 5)


The 20 years since the end of the Cold War have been marked by a period of rapid change in political and economic relationships in the international state system and in the international economy. It has also been a period of remarkable intellectual innovation: new theories and perspectives have succeeded one another in waves as intellectuals and commentators have struggled to make sense of the changing world order. Three key debates are explored here; liberal peace, liberal war and the new world disorder. These debates are used to explore aspects of the changing role and prospects of the United States. Its undisputed supremacy in the early 1990s has given way to a new awareness of the limits of American power. The United States still possesses great strengths but faces major challenges in reasserting its leadership.


United States Global Economy Global Financial Crisis Global Governance World Order 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Politics and International StudiesUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeUK

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