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Game theory was the popular model for international relations during the Cold War, but the 21st century sees us playing on a drastically different landscape.
Anne-Marie Slaughter — one of Foreign Policy's Top 100 Global Thinkers from 2009 to 2012, and the first woman to serve as director of the State Department Office of Policy Planning— visits the RSA to reveal how network theory provides a new set of strategies for the post–Cold War world.
While chessboard-style competitive relationships still exist—U.S.-Iranian relations, for example—many other situations demand that we look not at individual entities but at their links to one another. We must learn to understand, shape, and build on those connections.
In a world where most foreign policy experts are still operating as chessplayers, Slaughter provides a vastly upgraded roadmap that reflects the interconnectedness, complexity and unpredictability of our twenty-first century challenges.