Niall Ferguson is half-right. There has been a geopolitical taper but not of the kind he meant. Instead, there has been a tapering of western geopolitical wisdom.
Has anyone noticed the string of western geopolitical failures over a decade? Despite massive military and financial interventions, Iraq and Afghanistan are failing. Three years ago the US announced: “For the sake of the Syrian people, the time has come for President Assad to step aside.” He remains in office. And now the west is on the verge of handing China a geopolitical gift by alienating Russia.