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The Anti-Core

The Economist has a good article on Iran, Russia, and Venezuela, which is called by the teaser an “anti-West.” But a better term than anti-West would be anti-Core: three countries that are hostile to the international system, do not create wealth, and exist primarily by converting the Core’s economic wealth into geostrategic instability.

The silver lining of the financial crisis is that it is disrupting the efforts of this “anti-Core,” giving the Functioning Core an opportunity to rally. Let’s hope it does.