Mind the Middle Powers

Addressing vulnerability and promoting security
Apr 18, 2023 | War on the Rocks

The United States may be adopting an overly narrow concept of geopolitics, obsessed with China and Russia, treating a vital set of middle powers as necessary adjuncts to those rivalries rather than as strategic actors in their own right, argue Tim Sweijs and Michael Mazarr in their article for War on the Rocks. This group of countries operates increasingly as a collection of self-interested, independent-minded nations, accelerating the arrival of a complex and fluid global pattern of alignments, coalitions, and issue-specific accords. In the global alignment of influence, middle powers could well prove to be the center of gravity for world politics and critical force multipliers from a U.S. perspective. The U.S. approach to the challenges of the coming decades should reflect this complex reality.

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