Is the West in Economic Decline? A Rorschach Test on the State of the International Order

In their new “State of the International Order” report, a team of Brookings experts examines a number of common assumptions in recent years about the state of the world that have been perpetuated by analysts, politicians, and talking heads: emerging markets are overtaking the West; trade is making the world more pacific; the United States and Europe have begun their inevitable decline. Six of these so-called “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” are explored in this interactive.

The chart below examines one of these assumptions: “The Economic Decline of the West.”


See all six sets of data and charts of the Rorschach Tests and also download the report.

The authors and other experts participated in an event at Brookings recently.