The Accidental Superpower: Ten Years On

With a new “10 years later” epilogue for every chapter, comes an eye-opening assessment of American power and deglobalization in the bestselling tradition of The World is Flat and The Next 100 Years.

The end of 2023 is approaching, and that means I owe you all a gift. Sorry to disappoint, but it’s not an all-expenses-paid vacation to BoraBora. Instead, I’ve thrown together a ‘Post-America’ series that breaks down what the world looks like as the US steps back as global protector.

Over the last 70 years, we’ve all reaped the benefits of a globalized world – but what’s been going on in the background? Fast forward to the present, and the demographics of most countries are critical, if not already terminal.

This series will explore these trends and how they impact countries and regions across the globe. If nothing else, I hope these unique dynamics of the post-American world will keep your holiday conversations interesting…

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First, we look across the world and use our skill sets to identify where the needs are most acute. Second, we look for an institution with preexisting networks for both materials gathering and aid distribution. That way we know every cent of our donation is not simply going directly to where help is needed most, but our donations serve as a force multiplier for a system already in existence. Then we give what we can.

Today, our chosen charity is a group called Medshare, which provides emergency medical services to communities in need, with a very heavy emphasis on locations facing acute crises. Medshare operates right in the thick of it. Until future notice, every cent we earn from every book we sell in every format through every retailer is going to Medshare’s Ukraine fund.

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Our newsletters and videologues are not only free, they will always be free. We also will never share your contact information with anyone. All we ask is that if you find one of our releases in any way useful, that you make a donation to Medshare. Over one third of Ukraine’s pre-war population has either been forced from their homes, kidnapped and shipped to Russia, or is trying to survive in occupied lands. This is our way to help who we can. Please, join us.


Hey everybody. Peter Zeihan here. Coming to you from beautifully chilly Colorado. And I have a holiday present for you. We’re going to be taking some time off here at the company and as a result, we have pre-loaded over the course of the last year a couple of dozen videos on the future of the world. We’re calling it the Post American Series.

Now, for those of you who are relatively new to my work, we’ve got two big things going on in the world. Number one, the United States is backing away from maintaining the structures of the global order, which allow for globalization and free trade to occur. And whether you’re China, Germany, Korea or somebody who has fabricated your entire system to take advantage of global access, this is obviously a problem.

Second, globalization over the last 70 years has encouraged not just industrialization, but urbanization everywhere. And when you move from the farm to the city, you have fewer kids. You play that for a few decades. And it’s not that countries are running out of kids. In many cases, that happened 30 or 40 years ago. They’re now running out of working aged adults.

And both of these trends combined this decade to end the old system and create something fundamentally new. And that will play out differently based on what country you are. And that is the entire point of this series. So in a post-American world, what are things like in Canada? What does it look like in Japan, in China, in Western Europe?

What does it look like in Africa or Egypt or Turkey? We’re going to go through a full bunch of places one at a time, one day over the course of the next three weeks. And hopefully you guys enjoy your Christmas present or your Hanukkah present for you for the present, or you’re happy Monday present, whatever happens to be.

So everybody have a great holiday season. Even though I’ll be taking off for a while, will still be content coming in. And I wish the best to you and yours. Take care.

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