Making the most of a post-Western world

Those who cling to the discourse on Western civilization need to decide whether the post-Western world will be shaped with partners like Turkey or by policies that will cause a more isolated atmosphere

The term "post-Western world" was coined by a Brazilian social scientist, Oliver Stuenkel, who gave a presentation of his book of the same title to the Valdai Discussion Club - an international intellectual gathering hosted by Russia - in October of last year. The term was so popular among those who were trying to make sense of the global transition we are now witnessing that it found its way to this year's Munich Security Conference. Seeing the term utilized in Munich indicates that the "post-Western world" is a term that is now being acknowledged even by the West.