Rejecting "The End of the West": A New Narrative for Transatlantic Relations
The global realignment triggered and then amplified by the financial crisis and the economic downturn in developed economies is having a profound effect on the way the West perceives itself. This in turn is having far-reaching ramifications for the transatlantic relationship and international security generally.
This realignment is seen by most economists, strategists, and decision-makers in terms of a shift in power from America and Europe toward Asia – China and India in particular. There may be diverging views as to the root causes of this alleged demise of the West or in the speed of the process, but there is a growing feeling in many quarters that the Western era, as we know it, is coming to an end.
The first thing we need to do is understand precisely why such a narrative has been so readily taken on board. Why the doom and gloom?