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Oct 012012

Transworld Working Paper 01

by John Peterson,
Nathalie Tocci and
Riccardo Alcaro

A theoretical framework is needed to make sense of a new international order and the place of the transatlantic alliance in it. We focus on three variables:

1) rising multipolarity;
2) the future of multilateralism, and
3) the scope for transatlantic leadership.

The authors argue that systemic theories of international relations are likely to fail to explain the behaviour of major powers that are focused inward on profound domestic challenges.
The study of IR becomes increasingly the study of its parts: individual policies.
The US and Europe have capacity to lead in many policy areas, but must focus on reforming multilateral institutions.