The Absent Superpower

The Absent Superpower

The Shale Revolution and A World Without America

Book - 2016
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The world is changing in ways most of us find incomprehensible. Terrorism spills out of the Middle East into Europe. Russia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, China and Japan vie to see who can be most aggressive. Financial breakdown in Asia and Europe guts growth, challenging hard-won political stability.

Yet for the Americans, these changes are fantastic. Alone among the world's powers, only the United States is geographically wealthy, demographically robust, and energy secure. That last piece -- American energy security -- is rapidly emerging as the most critical piece of the global picture.

The American shale revolution does more than sever the largest of the remaining ties that bind America's fate to the wider world. It re-industrializes the United States, accelerates the global order's breakdown, and triggers a series of wide ranging military conflicts that will shape the next two decades. The common theme? Just as the global economy tips into chaos, just as global energy becomes dangerous, just as the world really needs the Americans to be engaged, the United States will be...absent.

In 2014's The Accidental Superpower, geopolitical strategist Peter Zeihan made the case that geographic, demographic and energy trends were unravelling the global system. Zeihan takes the story a step further in The Absent Superpower, mapping out the threats and opportunities as the world descends into Disorder.

Publisher: Austin, Texas :, Zeihan on Geopolitics,, 2016, ©2016.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780998505206
Branch Call Number: 327. 73 ZEI
Characteristics: xii, 419 pages : illustrations, charts, maps ; 25 cm


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Mar 09, 2018

Zeihan sees the development of the shale industry leading to US energy independence as the critical ingredient in the developing American disengagement from world affairs. Interestingly though he dismissses China as a world power to take over on the basis of its being short of oil and hemmed in by islands making oil imports politically vulnerable.
If you like horror movies his description of the coming descent of the rest of the world outside the Americas into a period of chaos and multiple armed conflicts will be right up your alley.

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