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The chaotic consequences of the gradual disintegration of Pax Americana are becoming increasingly clear. For seven decades, the United States safeguarded a global framework, which – however imperfect, and regardless of how many mistakes the superpower made – generally guaranteed a minimum level of stability. The U.S. is no longer willing or able to be the world's policeman.The staggering accumulation of crises and conflicts facing the world today – in Ukraine, Iraq, Syria, Gaza and Libya – are linked to America's new stance. The debate about a future global order is taking place primarily in the West – specifically in North America and Europe.If only the West assumes responsibility for maintaining global order, won't it become overstretched, given the number and nature of the crises it faces?These conflicts are further exacerbated by the ruthlessness that characterizes religious wars – just like those in Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries.Today's accumulating crises, accompanied by America's strategic fatigue, are forcing Europe to define what role it will play in the future of Western – and global – stability.Europe cannot assume greater responsibility for global order and stability without unifying politically.
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