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Global Trends of the 2010s #5: Disaggregation and The Death of the West?

Walter Russell Mead, The American Interest

Between 1950 and 1989, the world was divided into clearly demarcated groups of countries.  There was the “First World” of advanced industrial democracies also known as ‘the West’: western Europe; the British and European diaspora in North America, Australia and New Zealand, Japan; the “Second World” of countries under communist rule; and the “Third World” of developing countries emerging from colonial rule.

More recently, that old division has been breaking down; in the 2010s these old categories will largely disappear.  The Second World, of course, has already been relegated to the junkyard of

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