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Multipolar World at the End of the First Decade of the 21st Century: How about Europe?

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Author(s): Gunilla Herolf

Journal: Central European Journal of Public Policy
ISSN 1802-4866

Volume: 5;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 4;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: multipolarity | European Union | multilateralism

ABSTRACT
It seems that the world is now heading towards a system of multipolarity in which the United States will have to share power with a number of quickly rising powers. This article describes the concept of multipolarity, the way it has been dealt with in the past and the context in which it is treated in today’s globalised world. European Union has expressed high ambitions to come to terms with the multipolar world through effective multilateralism and strategic partnerships. In order to accomplish this, the organisation needs to develop towards becoming a unitary actor. The article deals with some specific areas on which the EU needs to agree and brings up some of the hurdles to and possibilities of achieving such agreement.

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