What if no one wins?
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On great power politics – some say, the East shall prevail; others say, the West shall win out.
The presumption underpinning the "X wins, Y loses" logic, is that the nature of hegemonic contests is inherently zero-sum (if we take being the hegemony as the metric of winning, which is itself a dubious, and controversial at best, claim). There is no in-between, and there is no win-win, despite the bombastic confidence with which some advocates would assert the possibility of such occurrences. After all, positive-sum games are hard to come by – chess isn't one, Poker isn't one, and it would certainly be rare, albeit not impossible, for countries to eschew the winner-take-all mindset, and opt for cooperation. ...