Book Presentation: "Grand Strategy in 10 Words - A Guide to Great Power Politics in the 21st Century" by Sven Biscop

21 April 2022

Sven Biscop will present his latest book at UNU-CRIS in Bruges: Grand Strategy in 10 Words - A Guide to Great Power Politics in the 21st Century on 21 April 2022 at 11.00.

Sven Biscop is Director of Europe in the World Programme at the Egmont–Royal Institute for International Relations in Brussels, Professor at Ghent University and since July 2020 he is also Professorial Fellow at UNU-CRIS . He is an Honorary Fellow of the European Security and Defence College (ESDC), and an Officer in the Order of the Crown of the Kingdom of Belgium.

If China is rising, it must be seeking world domination. If Russia is declining, it must be plotting revenge. The United States, in turn, will surely not refrain from anything to maintain its dominance. And the European Union? A mere puppet of the US. Or worse, a cynical free-rider on American military might which, behind a façade of lofty rhetoric on values, pursues only its own economic advantage. That is what a world that has been infected by rivalry looks like. But is this picture correct?

Abstract: In a world that has returned to great power rivalry, understanding the grand strategy of these powers is crucial. This book introduces ten key terms for analysing grand strategy and shows how the world's great powers - the United States, China, Russia and the European Union (EU) - shape their strategic decisions today. Outlining the steps needed for a less confrontational grand strategy and a more peaceful and stable world order, this lively and accessible introduction shows how the choices made in each of these ten areas will determine the course of world politics in the first half of the 21st century.

URL: Bristol University Press

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