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Big ideas of 2014: Coalitions of the willing—the era of big global deals is over

As more countries wield more power, bilateral deals and pacts between allies will become the norm

By Bronwen Maddox   January 2014
A propaganda poster for the Assad regime

“We are a long way from the heyday of the ambitious deals struck during the Second World War”: international trade is becoming less open

© Martin Lejeune/DPA/Press Association Images

The era of big global deals is over. Trade, the environment, Syria—it’s just too difficult now that so many countries can claim a seat at the table. Expect to see more bilateral deals, or pacts between countries with a common interest. Sometimes those will be a good substitute for an overarching…

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