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This review is from: The Return of History and the End of Dreams (Hardcover)
It is a sobering book. Indeed, there are no universal values that guide the activities of democratic countries and autocratic regional powers like China, Russia and Iran. States base their policies on national interests that they define by themselves - so it is really hard for other countries to say that we know better what is in your interests. There is ongoing competition between democracies and autocracies for power and spheres of influence.
The book has chapters on regional powers (China, Japan, Russia, EU, India, Iran) and the superpower. The author clarifies the recent moves (and the motives behind them) and aspirations of these powers in simple and succinct language. After tens of books on Russia, Kagan made me better understand the seemingly irrational behavior of our restless neighbor.