This is an age of anxiety for the West. Economic insecurity and an accelerating pace of change have contributed to mounting uncertainty and a sense of increasing instability. But these are manifestations of another, more deeply rooted unease among Westerners: a feeling – a fear — that they are losing control. Westerners are accustomed to setting the global agenda and the rules of the game. Western leadership is no longer guaranteed, and the dislocation is head spinning and anxiety inducing.
PacNet #12 – Asia’s Rise, Western Anxiety: Leadership in a Tripolar World
February 17, 2011