Nevertheless, the world of 2014 is a grim place, with international tensions close to boiling point.
As the United States retreats from its hegemonic role, numerous forces have rushed in to fill the void.
In the Middle East, a plethora of non-state actors are either destabilising or propping up nation states as their legitimacy crumbles, unleashing sectarian conflict and war.
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And in Europe, Russia has shown …
The world order is shifting, and with this comes the exuberance of youthful states unsure of their place in the world, or how to handle the responsibilities of power.