A Snapshot: 6 Rorschach Tests on the State of the International Order

In our State of the International Order report, we examine a number of common assumptions in recent years about the state of the world perpetuated by analysts, politicians, and talking heads: the emerging markets are overtaking the West; trade is making the world more pacific; the United States and Europe have begun their inevitable decline.

We ask you to use the interactive tool below to take a look at a snapshot of the international order, six ‘Rorschach tests’ that show that the assumptions we hold about the current state of the international order are not as clear cut as we might think. The state of the world can look very different depending on which set of data you use to interpret it.


This snapshot is an interactive tool created by the Project on International Order and Strategy (IOS) to show the various ways that current trends in poverty, conflict, economic growth, trade and energy can be read to arrive at very different conclusions about the state of the international order.