November 17, 2008Foreign Affairsgeoeconomicsgeopoliticsinternational relationswords

New words for a new world

If they don’t exist, they have to be invented

This is an archived blog post from The Acorn.

Regular readers will be familiar with The Acorn’s distaste for hyphenation and conjugation of China and India. Sung Won Kim, David P Fidler, and Sumit Ganguly have come up with a better way to describe the emerging geopolitical salience of India and China—they call it the Eastphalian geopolitical order”. Of course, you need to have a little bit of a background in history or international relations theory to get it.

Niall Ferguson, on the other hand, has invented a literally ghastly word to describe the partnership between the big saver and the big spender”—“Chimerica” is a grotesque reminder of how the global financial crisis was born out of geo-economic imbalance.

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