Two falls, two demolitions seem to define the new century in terms of international politics: the fall of the Wall of the Berlin (the end of communism and the Cold War) and the fall of the Twin Towers (the beginning of the global war against terrorism). Equally definitive events are also the war against Iraq and the United States' utter political failure there after its military victory. The superpower's complete inability to impose its will, combined with the emergence of new powers, shows that the delusion of unipolar US world domination is in danger of being succeeded by disorder on a multipolar level, i.e. the worst possible international prospect. The articles included in this book do not constitute a systematic or comprehensive analysis of the international
stage today, but rather attempt, from different starting points, to understand certain of its central events or trends. And, having understood, to take a stand.