Global concerns in 2011 will carry forward into 2012

The world may have turned the page on 2011, but the issues which drove foreign policy are unlikely to fall out of the headlines. From the European debt crisis to regime instability in Russia and the Middle East, Robert Kagan of the Brookings Institution sees more of the same in 2012.
“The new era is about globalization, the Internet, non-state actors, the diffusion of power, the rise of Asia and the decline of the West, the end of ideology and the rise of pragmatism.  It is true, of course, that the world and the international system are always in flux. Yet some of the most pressing issues this year are remarkably familiar,” Kagan writes in a Washington Post column.
Related: Kagan’s colleagues at the Brookings Institution take a closer look at what 2012 holds for the African continent. Read their full report here.
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