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.”
The authors and other experts participated in an event at Brookings recently.
[The resignation of assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs Wess Mitchell] is surprising news, which seems to have caught everyone off guard. He doesn’t appear to have shared this news with his ambassadors, who were in Washington last week for a global chiefs of mission conference. His deputy is also slated to retire soon, which raises question of near term leadership on European policy at a time of challenges there.
[Wess] Mitchell was a strong supporter of NATO, particularly in Eastern Europe where he will be sorely missed. His departure comes follows the resignation of senior Pentagon officials – Robert Karem and Tom Goffus – working on NATO along with Secretary Mattis. Without this pro-alliance caucus, NATO is now more vulnerable than at any time since the beginning of the Trump administration.