Gerard Baker

The Rise of the Rest

The Post-American World

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Zhou Enlai is famously supposed to have observed that the passage of two centuries provided insufficient historical perspective from which to judge the consequences of the French Revolution.

Fareed Zakaria is unencumbered by such modesty. He doesn’t need 200 years to elapse before feeling confident enough to make sweeping judgements. He reckons he can spot the arrival of a whole new epoch barely half a decade after it has started.

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