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The biggest problem has been the failure of the developed countries – the architects of the post-World War II international order – to formulate an inclusive strategy to address global challenges and manage the transition to a new international system.The reason for this failure is simple: The West has allowed short-term tactical concerns to impede the development of a long-term strategic vision. As a result, territorial disputes and nationalist claims remain a potent threat to regional – indeed global – stability.But for the West, applying long-term vision requires more than recognizing the imperative of strategic decision-making; it also demands efforts to revitalize polarized and dysfunctional domestic political systems. For its part, the European Union has pursued shortsighted policies to address its economic challenges, without anticipating – or acknowledging – the social and political consequences, including the proliferation of anti-EU sentiment. Member states' tactical approach to their particular problems (often defined by their status as creditor or debtor) has left the EU bereft of credible leadership and a unified vision. Strategy forms a different axis of action, accounting for the structure of global interdependence and thus how individual changes may affect the entire system.
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