In his new book, Hanna Samir Kassab examines changes and trends in international politics and the competition between great powers for control of the international system.

He argues that the increase in geopolitical, economic, nationalist, and resource competition between three great powers, the United States, China, and Russia, points to the changing structure of the international system. This competition is a systemic one, focusing more on the rules and norms that defined the system since the end of the Cold War. This American-led unipolar order is translating into a multipolar one. Kassab begins by tracing the decline of the United States after the Iraq War (2003) and the Great Recession (2008) as well as the rise of China and the resurgence of Russia. He describes major foreign policy changes from George H.W. Bush to Donald J. Trump and how the various administrations approached the international system. Russia and China will increase their international influence as the United States pulls back from the international system.

Written using simple jargon, Globalization, Multipolarity and Great Power Competition is equally accessible to academics and casual readers and laypeople interested in international politics.

chapter 1|29 pages


chapter 3|19 pages

Rise of Geopolitical Competition

chapter 4|25 pages

Weak and Fragile States in Multipolarity 1

chapter 6|19 pages

Nationalism and Globalization in Multipolarity

Unraveling of the Global Order

chapter 7|24 pages


The Multipolar Future