I. THE WORLD AS IT IS
Between 1989 and 1991 the world changed so radically so suddenly that even today the implications have not adequately been grasped. The great ideological wars of the twentieth century, which began in the '30s and lasted six decades, came to an end overnight. And the Soviet Union died in its sleep, and with it the last great existential threat to America, the West, and the liberal idea.
So fantastic was the change that, at first, most analysts and political thinkers refused to recognize the new unipolarity.