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date: 25 February 2021

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This chapter starts by arguing the need to differentiate between great powers and superpowers at the global level. From there, it looks at the structural implications, both material and ideational, of analyzing the major powers in this way. The third section sets out the shifting balance between, on the one hand, the traditional security agenda of great powers managing relations among themselves, and on the other, the rising new security agenda of how to manage a variety of shared fate problems. The last section features the pathology of autism in great powers, and how that affects the prospects for great power management in the decades ahead.

Keywords: autism, English School, great power, international society, great power management, pluralism, parochialism, polarity, shared fate, solidarism, superpower, universalism

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