Zack, Jenn, and Alex break down one of the DC foreign policy world’s hottest new catchphrases: “great power competition.” It’s the idea that international politics in the 21st century will be dominated by a struggle for influence between the US, China, and (to a lesser extent) Russia. The gang talks about what the concept actually means and whether it’s a useful framework for understanding international politics today and in the future.
Dan Nexon’s Foreign Affairs article inspired the Worldly crew to record this episode.
The Atlantic had an excellent piece explaining how “great power competition” became a DC buzzword.
The National Interest had an op-ed detailing why great power competition could be a problem.
Matthew Kroenig wrote in Foreign Policy on how the US should outline goals for its competition with China.
The Congressional Research Service has a comprehensive report on what “great power competition” has meant in recent years.
Zack Beauchamp (@zackbeauchamp), senior correspondent, Vox
Jennifer Williams (@jenn_ruth), senior foreign editor, Vox
Alex Ward (@AlexWardVox), White House reporter, Vox
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