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Clement Guitton

Unlikely Allies, page 173 - 174

How Group Leadership Shapes International Afffairs in the 21st Century

1. Edition 2018, ISBN print: 978-3-8288-4278-6, ISBN online: 978-3-8288-7189-2,

Tectum, Baden-Baden
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Acknowledgements Since the age of nine, I’ve been reading at a fairly standard rate: one book a week. The type of book has naturally evolved from Fantomas, to Emile Zola, to international relations literature. I’ve come to realise that, very representative of my millennial-short-attention span generation, I start feeling bored with most books after a hundred-something pages. 100 pages is roughly the point where I understood the argument fairly well, and where the marginal increase of reading on becomes close to irrelevant. I have therefore strived to keep the book concise and within this completely arbitrarily book range. As you, the reader, will have noticed, I have also taken many liberties. Not writing within an academic context, I have let go of heavy referencing, and allowed myself to be blunter – and even more creative. This was indeed liberating. After writing three books and spending the last seven years as an observer, watching world events pan out, I have come to the conclusion that I needed to partake in the change. Passively looking at other’s actions does not satisfy me any longer; I need some action. While I haven’t decided what I will do next, I will take a break from writing to allocate time for building something tangible – and hopefully, do something tangible enough that it will attract some observers who will in turn criticise my undertakings. That would only be fair from them after I have spent so much time doing that myself. As this is the ‘Acknowledgements’ section, some accolades are hence over-due. When I was a teenager, I wanted to be able to open a newspaper and understand what was going on in the world. I think I can now do that to some extent. Reaching that point was made possible by my parents, my partners, my brother, and my many teachers (from my school, Jeannes d’Arc, to EPFL, KTH, Imperial College, GSD, King’s College, and HSG). Each one of them deserves a big ‘thank you’. And for this book in particular, I would like to thank Bryn Kewley for his input on environment politics, Leo for his insights on banking, 173 Lisa Bevill for her input on leadership, Nick Robinson for reviewing the manuscript, my work colleagues for interesting discussions on geopolitics, Ian Bremmer (who I’ve never met, but without whom I would probably not have come up with all these ideas), my family, and mostly, the mother of my lineage, Juliane. Farewell, readers! Acknowledgements 174

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The US withdrawing from the Paris Agreement, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the ‘Iran deal’, UNESCO, as well as the UN Human Rights Councils: issues like these convey the impression that the world order has changed. Without US leadership, it may seem that we have entered into what Ian Bremmer, an oft-quoted political pundit, calls a G0 world, a world without any leadership. Clement Guitton argues against this world view, as it disregards evidence of global leadership around the world on matters ranging from climate change, to trade, to security. Going a step further, Guitton claims that there is even evidence of a new form of leadership in international affairs: group leadership.