Geopolitics in the 21st Century book series

As part of the Order from Chaos project, the Brookings Foreign Policy program has launched Geopolitics in the 21st Century, a series of books from Foreign Policy at Brookings and Brookings Institution Press that explores the ideas and strategies that can guide critical countries and key leaders as they shape, defend, and renovate the current international liberal order. The books in this series not only analyze the important issues and dynamics currently at work on the world stage, they also put forward specific policy recommendations that will guide the world’s leaders and policymakers, especially as the United States prepares for a new administration.

The next book in the Geopolitics in the 21st Century series will be released on June 28, 2016: 

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Aspirational Power
Brazil on the Long Road to Global Influence
David Mares and Harold Trinkunas

“Aspirational Power” examines Brazil as an emerging power. It explains Brazil’s present emphasis on using soft power through a historical analysis of Brazil’s three past attempts to achieve major power status. Though these efforts have fallen short, this book suggests that Brazil will continue to try to emerge, but that it will only succeed when its domestic institutions provide a solid and attractive foundation for the deployment of its soft power abroad.


A number of titles in this series are already available:


India at the Global High Table
The Quest for Regional Primacy and Strategic Autonomy
Teresita Schaffer and Howard Schaffer

In recent decades, India has taken on a growing global presence. This new volume is an insightful and integrated analysis of how India is managing its evolving role. Both former U.S. ambassadors to countries in South Asia, Teresita Schaffer and Howard Schaffer shine light on the country’s strategic vision and foreign policy and the negotiating behavior that links the two.


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Five Rising Democracies and the Fate of the International Liberal Order
Ted Piccone

The spread of democracy and human rights over the last three decades has dramatically changed the international landscape. In a new book, “Five Rising Democracies and the Fate of the International Liberal Order,” Brookings Senior Fellow Ted Piccone examines how five pivotal countries—India, Brazil, South Africa, Turkey, and Indonesia—can play a critical role as both examples and supporters of liberal ideas and practices.



The Future of Land Warfare
Michael O’Hanlon

In “The Future of Land Warfare,” Michael O’Hanlon offers an analysis of the future of the world’s ground forces: Where are future large-scale conflicts or other catastrophes most plausible? Which of these could be important enough to necessitate the option of a U.S. military response? And which of these could in turn require significant numbers of American ground forces in their resolution?


The Brookings Institution Press will soon publish two more books in this series:

Choices: Inside the Making of India’s Foreign Policy
Shivshankar Menon

Dilemmas of a Trading Nation: Japan and the Trans-Pacific Economic Order
Mireya Solís

Readers may also be interested in two recent books that are aligned with the Geopolitics in the 21st Century series:

The Fog of Peace: A Memoir of International Peacekeeping in the 21st Century

Jean-Marie Guéhenno

Mr. Putin: Operative in the Kremlin (New and Expanded)

Fiona Hill and Clifford G. Gaddy