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Iraq disappeared from the front pages with shocking abruptness, but the whole world is still reeling from the momentous events of early 2003. The reconstruction of Iraq, almost as much as the invasion itself, removes any lingering doubt: the post-cold war hiatus has been left behind and we are entering a new era in global politics. The end of any notion of balance in international affairs-at least for now-is unsettling. It also raises fundamental questions about power. America’s success in the world is, in part, the product of its belief that power must be tamed, separated, tied down and parcelled…

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