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Cooperative Security, Arms Control and Disarmament Policy Brief  No.162 - July, 2023 • By Sverre Lodgaard

Policy Brief No.162: Major Powers in a Shifting Global Order

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This Policy Brief outlines approaches to measuring power in international affairs and surveys the current state of global order using a variety of factors which fall under the headings of control over resources, control over actors, and control over events and outcomes Depending on the weight given to these variables on their own or in combination, global power could be viewed as unipolar, bipolar or multipolar. In summary, autocratisation is growing, democracy is on the defensive, globalisation is slowing, and the Western world is in the midst of a major rearmament drive.

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